Policy Perspective: Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Gender Nonconforming Children and Adolescents

ABSTRACT: Despite recent notable advances in societal equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals, youth who identify as trans* or gender nonconforming, in particular, continue to experience significant challenges accessing the services they need to grow into healthy adults. This policy perspective first offers background information describing this population, their unique healthcare needs, and obstacles when seeking care, including case study examples. The authors then provide recommendations for medical education, health systems, and insurance payers, as well as recommendations for school systems and broader public policy changes to improve the health and well-being of gender nonconforming youth.

Authors

Dowshen N, Meadows R, Byrnes M, Hawkins L, Eder J, Noonan K