How Does Your LGBT Child Measure Up To His Heterosexual Peers?
Did you know that?:
• LGBT youth are more likely to smoke, drink, use drugs.
• They are twice as likely to have attempted suicide.
• Due to harassment and discrimination, LGBT youth are more anxious, prone to depression, and substance abuse disorders.
• They are less likely to engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity or team sports.
• Lesbian and bisexual girls are twice as likely to be obese.
Source: JAMA, January 6, 2015
LGBT Discrepancies Don’t End With Adolescence
• LGBT persons are at higher risk for cancer, mental illness and other diseases.
Source: American Progress, 2009/12/21
What You Can Do As A Parent
• Make sure your child’s doctor is LGBT-friendly. Don’t assume he was trained in LGBT health issues.
Your child has to be comfortable with his doctor so that he/she can express their LGBT concerns without feeling judged by a medical professional. Only then, will your child get the care he deserves.
• Be on the lookout for health disparities. You know your child. Trust your instincts about what’s ailing you child.
When Your Child Is Gay: What You Need To Know
For more detailed advice, see book, co-authored with a mother of a gay son and a psychiatrist, Jonathan L. Tobkes, M.D.