LGBT Youth

LGBT Youth

 

LGBT Youth


Addressing Opioid Use Disorders among LGBT People through Trauma-informed Care and Behavioral Health Integration

Dr. Keuroghlian will describe the epidemiology of opioid use disorders in the LGBT population, while identifying LGBT subpopulations at increased risk. He will then discuss best practices in addressing opioid use disorders among LGBT people.

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Providing Mental Health Care for Youth with Non-Binary Gender Identities

Originally Presented On: November 30, 2016

Faculty: Alex Keuroghlian, MD, MPH, Associate Director of Education and Training, The Fenway Institute

Sponsors: LGBT Health Education Center, School-Based Health Alliance

Youth with non-binary gender identities do not identify as categorically male or female. They experience unique social determinants of health and have specific health care needs that are often underserved. These youth are more likely to engage in health care if they feel comfortable disclosing their non-binary gender identity in an affirming environment to providers with a basic understanding of gender diversity. In this webinar, Alex S. Keuroghlian, MD MPH, will review concepts and terminology related to non-binary gender identities, including correct names and pronouns. The webinar will also focus on best mental health clinical practices and how to create an inclusive and affirming health care environment for youth with non-binary gender identities.

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Addressing Social Determinants of Health among LGBTQ Latinx Young Adults

Originally Presented On: June 22, 2016

Faculty: Suyanna Barker, Community Health Action Department Director, La Clínica del Pueblo, Manuel Diaz-Ramirez, ¡Empodérate! Youth Center Manager, La Clínica del Pueblo, Alexa Rodriguez Transgender Program Coordinator for ¡Empoderáte! Youth Center

Latino(a) youth and young adult men who have sex with men or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender often face stigma, discrimination, and language barriers that prevent them from accessing prevention and treatment at health care centers, and leaving them vulnerable to high rates of HIV and other health disparities. In this session, panelists Suyanna Linhales Barker, DrPH; Manuel Diaz-Ramirez, and Alexa Rodriguez, all from La Clinica del Pueblo, will discuss the social determinants of health that create barriers to prevention and care for young adult Latino(a)s. The panelists will draw on their experiences working with this population, including young Latinos living with HIV, and transgender latino(a)s in the Washington, DC area to give participants the tools to recognize barriers within their own organizations to better facilitate prevention and care opportunities for transgender and MSM Latino young adults.

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Supporting LGBTQ Youth: Providing Affirmative and Inclusive Care across the Spectrum of Gender and Sexual Identity

Originally Presented On: November 5, 2015

Faculty: Nadia Dowshen, MD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia & Perelman School of Medicine, and Robert Garofalo, MD, MPH, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago & Feinberg School of Medicine

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center and the Palette Fund

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) children and adolescents must navigate the typical developmental challenges of growing up, in addition to managing the stigma and isolation that may face as a result of their emerging sexual and gender minority identities. These challenges often result in poorer health outcomes for LGBTQ children and adolescents such as higher risk for certain behavioral and emotional issues, poor sexual health outcomes, homelessness, as well as bullying and other forms of victimization. This webinar discusses the unique challenges and health disparities experienced by LGBTQ children and adolescents, and describes strategies to address these issues in a clinical setting. Though culturally appropriate and strength-based communication with LGBT children and adolescents, providers can be key facilitators in improving the health and well-being of sexual and gender minority youth.

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LGBTQ Youth: Providing Care, Protecting Confidentiality

Originally Presented On: January 26, 2016

Faculty: Scott Hadland, MD, MPH, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Abigail English, JD, Director, Center for Adolescent Health & the Law

Sponsors: School-based Health Alliance and the National LGBT Health

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth experience unique health and developmental challenges compared to their peers. In the first half of this webinar, participants will learn about ways in which school-based and other health care providers can support LGBTQ youth in navigating these challenges and improving their health outcomes.  The second half will focus on consent and confidentiality issues related to sexual and reproductive health care, as well as to disclosure of sexual orientation and gender identity among LGBTQ minors and young adults.  This webinar is a collaboration of the School-Based Health Alliance and the National LGBT Health Education Center.

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Optimizing Linkage, Engagement, and Retention in HIV Care for Adolescents and Young Adults of Color

Originally Presented On: April 14, 2015

Faculty: Lawrence Vinson, Youth Linkage to Care Project Manager, The SMILE Program, The Fenway Institute, Molly McHenry, NP, Sidney Borum Jr Health Center, Liz Salomon, EdM, Project Director, Connect to Protect (C2P) Boston, The Fenway Institute

Sponsors: National LGBT Health Education Center and National Center for Innovation in HIV Care

This webinar will provide an in-depth look at Boston’s SMILE in Caring for Youth program, an NIH-funded program that works with young people (ages 12-24) living with HIV, their providers, and their families/caregivers to facilitate practical and meaningful linkage to, engagement in, and maintenance of care. Recognizing the disproportionate impact that HIV has on youth of color, SMILE also works with the Connect to Protect (C2P) Boston coalition to address barriers through community mobilization and structural change. Project Manager of SMILE, Lawrence Vinson ,and a Nurse Practitioner at the Sidney Borum Jr. Health Center, Molly McHenry, will present their experiences engaging Boston youth into HIV care, and will describe how racial justice focused structural change initiatives can help this optimize this work. They will also describe how their program builds partnerships with clinicians and case managers at health centers and other community based organizations to help youth navigate the HIV Continuum of Care.

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Caring for Gender Dysphoric Children and Adolescents

Originally Presented On: October 28, 2014

Faculty: Stewart L Adelson, MD and Walter Bockting, PhD, LGBT Health Initiative, Columbia University, New York, NY

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center

A growing number of clinicians are facing the challenge of caring for pediatric patients with fluid gender identities and with dysphoria about discordance between their gender identity and birth sex. In this webinar, Dr. Stewart Adelson and Dr. Walter Bockting, both of Columbia University Medical Center’s new LGBT Health Initiative, focus on how clinicians can support children and adolescents with gender dysphoria. They review specific health and mental health needs in gender dysphoric children and adolescents, and will provide viewers with effective and innovative ways to support their gender dysphoric patients. Additional resources will be provided.

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Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Mental Health in Children and Adolescents

Originally Presented On: October 9, 2013

Faculty: Stewart Adelson, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University’s College of Physicians & Surgeons Dept. of Psychiatry in the Divisions of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Gender, Sexuality & Health

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center

In this webinar, Dr. Stewart Adelson of Columbia University, will offer a foundation for understanding and addressing the mental health challenges and needs of LGBT children and adolescents. Participants will learn about how gender non-conformity, gender discordance/dysphoria, and sexual orientation are distinct yet related concepts, and how stigma, risk, resilience, and protective factors interact with these to influence youth development, health and mental health. Clinical options for addressing gender dysphoria in children and adolescents will also be discussed. The webinar will conclude with nine mental health practice principles for fostering the healthy psychosocial development of LGBT youth.

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Supporting Homeless LGBTQ Youth through Better Access to Care

Originally Presented On: October 8, 2014

Faculty: Jama Shelton, PhD, LMSW, Director, Forty-to-None Project, True Colors, NYC

Sponsors: National Health Care for the Homeless Council and National LGBT Health Education Center

As many as 40% of homeless youth identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender , or queer (LGBTQ), the majority of whom have experienced family rejection and abuse because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The stigma and discrimination experienced by many LGBTQ youth amplifies the struggles and health risks associated with homelessness. In this webinar, Jama Shelton, LMSW, PhD, Director of the Forty to None Project of the True Colors Fund in New York City, will raise awareness of the challenges experienced by LGBTQ youth, and will discuss ways that health care providers and youth service providers can help facilitate access to culturally responsive care and resources. Dr. Shelton will also talk about ways in which providers can help prevent homelessness by working affirmatively with community partners, including the families of LGBTQ youth.

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The Changing Rx of Transgender Adolescents: Impact of GnRHa Pubertal Blockade and Implications for Young Adults and Adults

Originally Presented On: December 16, 2015

Faculty: Norman Spack, MD, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Emeritus, Gender Management (GeMS) Service, Endocrine Division, Boston Children’s Hospital, and Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Sponsors: The National LGBT Health Education Center

In this webinar, Dr. Norman Spack, the founder of the Gender Management Service (GeMS) clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital and an associate clinical professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, will describe his journey caring for transgender children and adolescents. Dr. Spack will describe the creation of the GeMS clinic, will discuss recommended treatment for children and adolescents, and will explain how to integrate transgender care within primary care settings.

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Caring for LGBTQ Youth in Clinical Settings

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth (12-24 years) must navigate the typical challenges of adolescence while also managing the social stigma associated with their emerging sexual and gender minority identities. As a result, many LGBT youth are at higher risk for certain behavioral and emotional issues, homelessness, as well as bullying and other forms of victimization. This module discusses the unique health and developmental challenges of LGBT youth, and describes ways to address these issues in the clinical setting. Through sensitive, confidential communication with LGBT youth, clinicians can become a vital source of support for this vulnerable population.

This module will:

  1. Identify the unique developmental challenges and health disparities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) youth (12-24 years)
  2. Describe barriers to accessing healthcare by LGBTQ youth
  3. Describe ways to talk to LGBTQ youth about their sexual and gender identity
  4. Explain strategies for interviewing, supporting, and educating LGBTQ youth on social, health, and behavioral concerns
  5. Provide access to additional resources for improving the health and well-being of young LGBTQ patients

This activity has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in this activity.

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LGBTQ Youth Resources

The Trevor Project

Created with the goal of preventing LGBT youth suicide, The Trevor Project offers immediate, 24/7 support for LGBT youth in crisis (see Hotlines), as well as trainings for youth workers, a comprehensive list of local resources (including resources on LGBT youth health care), and an active blog and event page.

Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN)

GLSEN, founded by a group of teachers in Massachusetts aims to ensure that every individual in a school environment is valued and respected through initiatives aimed at teachers, students, and the larger population. GLSEN’s website features research, resources for professional development and to for educators to share with students, an educator network, and programs to get involved with as a teacher or student.

Genders & Sexualities Alliance (GSA) Network

The GSA Network (formerly known as the Gay-Straight Alliance Network) supports students across the country interested in forming and sustaining GSAs in their own schools, clubs intended to end racism, homophobia, transphobia, and economic injustice within their school environments through activism and organizing. Website offers training for interested students, information for club advisors, and a GSA directory.

Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)

SMYAL works to better the lives of LGBT youth in the Washington, DC area by supporting leaders and members of local GSAs, offering programs and discussion groups centered around various identities and communities, and hosting community educational opportunities that train both students and youth workers on making their environment a safer one for LGBT youth.

It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project is a collection of videos produced and sponsored by various celebrities, authors, organizations, and companies, intended to remind LGBT youth that it gets better, and to inspire the changes needed to improve LGBT lives. The website also features a resource list.

Advocates For Youth

Promoting their core values of Rights, Respect, and Responsibility, Advocates for Youth aims to empower young people to make informed decisions about reproductive and sexual health, focusing on ages 14-25. Their website features research, background information on the issues, training and information for professionals, news, and access to related policy and advocacy work.

True Colors Fund

The True Colors fund aims to end homelessness among LGBT youth, operating through community organizing, public engagement, public policy, research, and youth collaboration. The program’s primary initiative is the 40 to None project, which hosts 40 to None Day and the annual 40 to None Summit.

Providing Services and Supports for Youth who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, or Two-Spirit

Offered by the National Center for Cultural Competence, this brief informs policymakers, administrators, and providers on how to approach matters related to LGBT youth. The publication outlines needs, definitions, and recommendations and strategies for developing programs, and includes a resource list.

LGBT Youth in America’s Schools

Written by LGBT public policy advocacy experts Jason Cianciotto and Sean Cahill, LGBT Youth in America’s Schools highlights the stories of LGBT youth who have faced discrimination at school, and offers a review of existing school practices and local, state, and federal laws that impact this vulnerable population.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth: An Epidemic of Homelessness

An extensive document put out by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute’s National Coalition for the Homeless on the significant number of LGBT youth who are homeless. The publication explores why this phenomenon is taking place, the impact of homelessness on LGBT youth, the federal response, and recommendations for policies and programs to change this dangerous trend.

Unaccompanied Youth Toolkit for Shelters and Service Providers

Written by the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), this toolkit assists homeless youth works in identifying homeless youth, supporting youth on their path to college, and in accessing basic services. The toolkit also includes training resources.

Camp Aranu’tiq for Transgender & Gender-variant Youth

A program of Harbor Camps, Camp Aranu’tiq is a space for transgender and gender-variant youth who may be uncomfortable or unsafe attending other camps, and who wish to gather with others who are exploring and growing into their own gender identities. The camp offers summer sessions in New Hampshire and California, as well as leadership programs and weekend family camps.

This Free Life: LGBT Youth Tobacco Prevention Campaign

The “This Free Life” campaign celebrates the victories of the LGBT community—particularly those pertinent to LGBT youth—in order to emphasize the negative impact of tobacco on the community through publications, posters, and other forms of advertisement.

Hotlines

LGBT Helpline (Ages 25+)

(888) 340-4528 or (617) 267-9001

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM

Fenway Health’s anonymous and confidential hotline, offering help, information, referrals, and support for LGBT individuals who are age 25 or older. Call for support related to safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence, or any other issues you are facing.

Peer Listening Line (Ages 25 and Under)

(800) 399-PEER or (617) 267-2535

Hours: Monday – Saturday, 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Fenway Health’s anonymous and confidential hotline, offering help, information, referrals, and support for LGBT individuals who are age 25 or under. Call for support related to safer sex, coming out, where to find gay-friendly establishments, HIV and AIDS, depression, suicide, anti-gay/lesbian harassment and violence, or any other issues you are facing.

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline 

1-888-843-4564; Email: help@GLBThotline.org

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Helps Center’s private hotline for one-on-one chat and email peer-support. Call for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

GLBT National Youth Talkline (25 and Under)

1-800-246-PRIDE

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Help Center’s private hotline for one-on-one chat and email peer-support, servicing those up to age 25. Call for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

Online Peer-Support Chat

Hours (Pacific Time): Monday – Friday, 1:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Hours (Eastern Time): Monday – Friday, 4:00 PM – Midnight; Saturday, Noon – 5:00 PM

The GLBT National Help Center’s confidential, one-on-one online chat support for LGBT and questioning people. Reach out for support related to coming out, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, or any other issues you are facing.

Trans Lifeline

(877) 565-8860

Visit the Trans Lifeline website for hours of availability.

A hotline run by Trans Lifeline, a non-profited centered around offering resources and support to transgender people, with the goal of preventing self harm. The line is intended for those in crisis, including those who are questioning their gender identity, and is run entirely by transgender volunteers.

Trevor Lifeline (Youth)

(866) 488-7386

Hours: 24/7

The Trevor Project’s hotline for LGBT young people who may be in crisis, or who may just need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk. The Trevor Project also offers TrevorText (Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200, Thursdays & Fridays, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET; 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM PT) and TrevorChat.

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