Celebrate Pride All Year Long!
A Pediatrician's Guide to an LGBTQ+ Friendly Practice
Celebrate Pride all year long by using these
tips to create an LGBTQ+ friendly practice. This guide includes recommendations for creating a welcoming atmosphere, improving office systems, and creating a positive experience; sample language for office forms; and communication best practices and examples.
American Academy of Pediatrics Helps Pediatricians Promote Healthy Sexuality for Children and Teens with Disabilities
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers guidance on discussing and promoting sexual health for children and teenagers with disabilities in a new clinical report. The report, “Promoting Healthy Sexuality for Children and Adolescents With Disabilities," updates a 2006 report and recognizes the need for pediatricians to help families begin discussing sexuality early in the patient's life.
Supporting and Caring for Transgender Children
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Human Rights Campaign, and the American College of Osteopathic Pediatricians (ACOP) co-branded an
educational resource guide designed for anyone who knows a transgender or gender-expansive child, plans to write about children who transition, or simply wants to learn more. This document reviews what medical and education experts know about transgender children, explores some myths about gender transition in childhood, and offers suggestions for adults with a transgender child in their life.
AAP Voices Blog: Creating Safe, Welcoming Spaces for LGBTQ+ Children, Teens
Although Pride Month only occurs once a year, we can extend the sense of belonging, the confidence, the beauty of Pride throughout the year, writes Michael Petrus-Jones, DO, MPH, MS, in
AAP Voices blog. We can provide a safe space for all of our children to feel proud of who they truly are and help our queer children to grow into confident, well-adjusted, and beautiful adults, he writes.
One way pediatric practices can show support to all the children and families it serves is to print out and display the
We Care for ALL Children & Families sign in exam rooms, the waiting room, and/or front window.
ICYMI: AAP Podcast: Treating, Supporting Gender-Diverse Youth
latest episode of Pediatrics On Call, Ilana Sherer, MD, FAAP, executive committee member of the AAP's Section on LGBTQ Health and Wellness, offers best practices when it comes to treating and advocating for gender-diverse youth. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also talk to Rebecca Scharf, MD, MPH, about her article in the journal Pediatrics focusing on developmental delays in children coming to the United States as refugees.
Engage in the AAP Community
Did you know the AAP has a Section dedicated to LGBT health and wellness? Refresh yourself with
AAP policy related to LGBT health and wellness to support the health and wellness of…
LGBT children and their families
LGBT parents and their children
Children with variations in gender presentation and their families
LGBT pediatricians and trainees
Words Matter: AAP Guidance on Inclusive, Anti-biased Language
The AAP published guidance with recommendations for use of inclusive and anti-biased language across all publications and communications. The publication of this guidance aligns with the Academy’s ongoing equity, diversity, and inclusion activities and aims to combat bias, avoid stereotypes, remove stigma, and promote justice and strengths. The guidance discusses general considerations, considerations for disability, race/ethnicity, gender identity, and sexual orientation. An accompanying video from AAP president Lee Savio Beers, MD, FAAP is also available, as well as an article from AAP News.