Serving Everyone: Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services to LGBTQ+ Youth

Date: June 7th, 2018
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When providing sexual and reproductive health services, it is critical to be patient-centered. In honor of June as LGBTQ Pride month, here are some quick tips to remember:

  • Avoid making assumptions about young people’s identities, bodies, or behaviors.
  • Use inclusive language, such as gender neutral pronouns (e.g., “they”)).
  • Use language that describes the anatomy itself, rather than equating it with a gender identity.
  • Create a respectful place by respecting pronouns and identities and avoiding stereotypes.
  • If you make a mistake, apologize, correct yourself, and move on.

Want more in-depth information about how to provide patient-centered care inclusive of all young people? We recently shared an elearning module, available exclusively for members: Serving Everyone: Providing Sexual and Reproductive Health Services to LGBTQ+ Youth

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Gina Desiderio, Healthy Teen Network Director of Communications, has over 10 years of capacity-building and project management experience, supporting professionals to provide programs and services to empower youth to thrive.

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