LGBT Youth


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) adolescents experience a variety of challenges to protecting against pregnancy including increased risk, strained family communication and lack of access to inclusive, medically–accurate information and appropriate health care services. (Healthy Teen Network. Fast Facts: The Unique Sexual and Reproductive Health Needs of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth).

Recommendations for improving sexual health outcomes for LGBT youth include:

  • Increase and support Gay–Straight Alliances and support groups in schools
  • Work with parents of LGBT adolescents to help increase understanding and acceptance of their child’s gender and/or sexual identity
  • Provide LGBTQ–sensitive sexuality education
(Gowen, L. K., & Aue, N., Eds., 2011. Sexual Health Disparities Among Disenfranchised Youth. Portland, OR: Public Health Division, Oregon Health Authority and Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, Portland State University).

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