[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 
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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 
<http://visiontoamerica.com/15301/pediatricians-new-mission-fight-homophobia/#>step 
up their care of teens with same-sex attractions.

“Sexual-minority youth should not be considered 
abnormal,” the American Academy of 
<http://visiontoamerica.com/15301/pediatricians-new-mission-fight-homophobia/#>Pediatrics 
(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.

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