Tips for Parents of LGBTQ Youth

All parents want what's best for their kids. But providing support isn't always easy — especially if you are the parent of a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning (LGBTQ) child. In many ways no different from their peers, LGBTQ youth face some unique challenges that parents often feel unprepared to tackle. To help, Johns Hopkins pediatricians and adolescent medicine specialists Renata Arrington Sanders and Errol Fields share steps you can take to keep your kid happy and healthy.

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Teens take fewer risks with sex and drugs but face new challenges

Kim Painter, Special to USA TODAYPublished 1:42 p.m. ET June 14, 2018 | Updated 3:23 p.m. ET June 15, 2018

Today’s high school students have less sex and take fewer drugs than those of decades past, but they face some newly recognized risks, including misuse of pain pills, according to a report released Thursday.

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Safe, Comprehensive Transgender Health Care

By Karen Blum on 06/01/2018

For several years, adolescent medicine specialists Renata Sanders and Errol Fields had been seeing a handful of teenage and young adult patients who questioned or felt disconnected from their gender identity. After last spring’s opening of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health, however, the physicians dedicated time in the adolescent medicine clinic once a month for these patients, and inquiries have jumped.

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Addiction Specialist Hoover Adger

By Gary Logan on 05/30/2018

Pediatrician Hoover Adger Jr., a member of the American Board of Addiction Medicine and The Addiction Medicine Foundation, and former deputy director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, has dedicated much of his 33-year career to adolescent substance abuse. Here he addresses steps at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center to improve physician training and the care of patients with substance abuse issues.

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