[Rushtalk] Pediatricians' new mission: Fight 'homophobia'

John A. Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Wed Jun 26 20:11:53 MDT 2013

Pediatricians' new mission: Fight 'homophobia'

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25, 2013 by 

In its first sexual-orientation policy update in 
nearly a decade, the nation’s largest 
pediatricians group said its members should do 
more to fight “heterosexism” and “homophobia,” as 
well as 
up their care of teens with same-sex attractions.

“Sexual-minority youth should not be considered 
abnormal,” the American Academy of 
(AAP) said in its new materials on lesbian, gay, 
bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youths, released Monday.

The policy statement and technical report ­ which 
updates a 2004 policy ­ is nonbinding but 
recommends that pediatricians create offices that 
are “teen-friendly and welcoming to all 
adolescents, regardless of sexual orientation and behavior.”

Doctors can signal their openness to LGBTQ youths 
by putting out brochures with pictures of “both 
same- and opposite-gender couples” or posting a 
“rainbow” decal on an office door or bulletin 
board. The report also suggests that medical 
questionnaires be changed to be gender-neutral, 
and that staff be trained to not ask a boy about 
his girlfriend, but to ask him to “tell me about your partner” instead.

Continues on www.washingtontimes.com
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