Supporting LGBTQIA+ Youth
The overall goal in caring for all youth, including those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, gender non-conforming, transgender, questioning, intersex or asexual (LGBTQIA) is to promote adolescent development, social and emotional well-being, physical health, and reduce any associated physical and mental health risks. Many LGBTQIA+ youth are exposed to social stigma, discrimination, prejudice and victimization during adolescence that have long-term impacts. The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners strives to be an advocate for LGBTQIA+ youth and supports equitable, accessible, evidence-based health care for patients and their families.
- NAPNAP Position Statement on Health Risks and Needs of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth
- Official statement: NAPNAP Strongly Opposes Alabama Law Criminalizing Transgender Health Care
- NAPNAP official statement: NAPNAP Strongly Opposes Actions by Texas Leaders
- Association update: NAPNAP Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Transgender Health Care in Texas
- Association update: NAPNAP Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Transgender Youth [Arkansas]
- NAPNAP official statement: Response to Government’s New Gender Identity Discrimination Policy
- NAPNAP’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion statement
- JPHC article: “Do Say Gay: Inclusive Sexuality Discussions for Out, Closeted, Questioning, and Straight Youth”
- JPHC article: “LGBT Youth, Sex Trafficking, and the Nurse Practitioner’s Role”
- JPHC article: “Perspectives From Nurses and Physicians on Training Needs and Comfort Working With Transgender and Gender-Diverse Youth”
- JPHC article: “Parent-Adolescent Sex Communication with Sexual and Gender Minority Youth: An Integrated Review”
For Patients and Families
LGBTQIA+ resources for parents and teens from KidsHealth Nemours
- Coming Out (for teens)
- Questions You Can Ask Your Health Care Provider (for teens)
- Sexual Harassment and Bullying (for teens)
- Sexual Orientation (for parents)
Trevor Project Lifeline: 800-788-7386
The Trevor Lifeline provides support to LGBTQIA+ youth and allies in crisis or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.
Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
Trans Lifeline provides peer support for the transgender community and is run by and for trans people.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Community: 800- 273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Community offers information and resources for LGBTQ+ individuals who are struggling with suicidal feelings or mental health crises.