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Transgend Health. 2016 May 1;1(1):75-85. doi: 10.1089/trgh.2016.0002. eCollection 2016.

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

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1
Craig-Dalsimer Division of Adolescent Medicine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
2
PolicyLab, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
3
Department of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
4
Department of Social Work and Family Services, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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.

KEYWORDS:

gender nonconforming children and adolescents; healthcare policy; healthcare systems; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth; transgender

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