Date: June 7th, 2018
By: Gina Desiderio
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
About the Author
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.