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Transgender Youth and Resilience April 9, 2010

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For the entire article, click here Transgender Youth

Development, Risk, and Resilience of Transgender Youth

Kimberly A. Stieglitz, PhD, RN, PNP-BC
(Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care,
-, 1-15) Copyright  2010 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care


Transgender youth are a group of people who are interesting, curious, passionate, and self-motivated. Like their peers, transgender youth strive for independence and take risks. However, they experience some unique challenges in figuring out who they are and who they are attracted to in a society that does not understand them.

The stigma they face because of different gender identity expression places them at high risk for becoming victims of discrimination,verbal harassment, and physical violence.The purpose of this article is to explore and describe the literature on the childhood developmentof gender identity and social reactions to nonconforming gender behavior, which in part explain behaviors that place transgender youth at high risk for HIV infection. Related topics include a discussion of common terms used in this article, typical gender identity and sexual development, challenges to development experienced by transgender youth, and HIV risks in transgender youth. The concept of resilience is introduced as a counterbalance for assessment and intervention in practice and future research with transgender youth.

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Health and Healthcare of LGB Youth January 17, 2010

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Publication of the full article will happen in March. I know, there is no T. I will continue to post articles on transgender issues as I find them. I do search for them.

Annual Review Public Health. 2009 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print]

The Health and Health Care of Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Adolescents.

Coker TR, Austin SB, Schuster MA.

1Division of General Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Mattel Children’s Hospital, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California 90024 and RAND, Santa Monica, CA 90401; email: tcoker@mednet.ucla.edu. (more…)

1/2 of new HIV cases are 13 to 24 year old women September 27, 2009

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The next time you hear the religious right quote that LGBT people should not be allowed to marry, let them know this statistic and reference.

In the United States, half of all new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) cases are among 13- to 24-year-old women. Heterosexual contact is the primary route of transmission (73%).

Truths and myths that influence the sexual decision-making process among young multiethnic college women. (more…)

LGBT Youth at Risk for Suicide, Austria too September 19, 2009

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Third post today regarding LGBT youth at higher risk for suicide attempts.

Arch Sex Behav. 2009 Jun;38(3):400-10. Epub 2007 Nov 27.

Childhood gender nonconformity and harassment as predictors of suicidality among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and heterosexual Austrians. (more…)

Family Rejection of LGBT Youth September 19, 2009

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In a nutshell, LGBT youth who are rejected by their families are at much higher risk for suicide, depression, use of drugs and unprotected sex.This is a large, important study that was published last January.

Pediatrics. 2009 Jan;123(1):346-52.

Family rejection as a predictor of negative health outcomes in white and Latino lesbian, gay, and bisexual young adults. (more…)

LGBT Youth Suicide and Health Care Systems September 19, 2009

Posted by Geekgirl in Health, homophobia, LGBT, medical, psychology, social, Teens, Uncategorized.
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I’ve been amazed at the ability of the anti-gay movement to take any statistic and twist it. Peter LaBarbera, whose entire goal in life is to prove that homosexuality is wrong, says that it is a myth that LGBT youth attempt suicide at a higher rate. NARTH, on the other hand, claims that LGBT youth attempt suicide at higher rates because they use drugs and are promiscuous.

Both are liars. This is one paper out of many. LGBT youth are at a higher risk of suicide. Because of being rejected by their families, because of fear, bullying, discrimination, marginalization.

We need our healthcare systems to start to address this.

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J Psychiatr Ment Health Nurs. 2004 Dec;11(6):746-7; author reply 747.

Ignoring the evidence dictating the practice: sexual orientation, suicidality and the dichotomy of the mental health nurse. (more…)

The Failure of Abstinence Only Education September 13, 2009

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A 2004 US Congressional review found that 11 of the 13 most frequently used abstinence-only curricula contained false, misleading, or distorted information—including inaccurate information about contraceptive effectiveness, risks of abortion, and other scientific errors [12]. Another review found that curricula often provide misinformation about condoms and contraception [13].

As usual, for those of you that don’t want to read a lengthy science paper, I have highlighted the take home lessons in blue. (more…)

The Queering of Medicine August 30, 2009

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This article is one man’s story. A gay physician. I can’t print the
entire article due to copyright restrictions. However, it is short
and poignant. Click on (more…)

Teens more accepting when they know someone gay August 23, 2009

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Funny. Research keeps turning up the same result, over and over again. Know someone who is gay? Turns out, you know they are ok. This recent publication studied 14 through 18 year olds and their attitudes toward gays and lesbians. You already know the result.

But it’s just the abstract. So read it for fun and send it to a homophobe.

J Youth Adolesc. 2009 Aug;38(7):937-51. Epub 2009 Apr 16.

Intergroup contact and beliefs about homosexuality in adolescence. (more…)

Fear of Discrimination causes LGBT Teens Distress August 23, 2009

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A recent publication on LGBT teens and emotional distress. LGBT teens are at higher risk for depression and thoughts of suicide. The cause? Discrimination and the resulting emotional distress. I know what you are thinking. Tell me something I don’t already know. Here’s what I’m thinking. Share this with anyone who tells you that this is not the cause. And be sure to point out to them that the researchers are from Harvard University.

J Youth Adolesc. 2009 Aug;38(7):1001-14. Epub 2009 Feb 24.Links

Emotional distress among LGBT youth: the influence of perceived discrimination based on sexual orientation. (more…)