Sexual minority youth

John Steever, Jenny Francis, Lonna P. Gordon, Janet Lee

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This article provides an overview of the medical and mental health needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth population. Information is reviewed regarding both primary medical care and the special health risks that these youth face. Providers are introduced to the concept that societal and internalized homophobia lead directly to certain health disparities, including substance use, school and family rejection, depression, and increased sexually transmitted infection acquisition. This article familiarizes the primary care practitioner with the health care needs of the LGBT population and the research behind the various recommendations for caring for these youth.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-669
Number of pages19
JournalPrimary Care - Clinics in Office Practice
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2014


  • Adolescent mental health
  • Adolescent sexuality
  • Health disparities
  • Homophobia
  • LGBT or GLBT youth
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth
  • Sexual minority youth
  • Transgender youth


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