Tips to focus on health issues affecting LGBTQ youth

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Susan Heavey, (@susanheavey) a Washington, D.C.-based journalist, is AHCJ’s topic leader on social determinants of health and curates related material at She welcomes questions and suggestions on resources and tip sheets at

I first heard about Dr. Lawrence D’Angelo of the Children’s National Medical Center in a story I read over the summer in The Washington Post’s local section.

D’Angelo, division chief for adolescent and young adult medicine at the Washington D.C. hospital, recently had begun seeing patients at CNMC’s new Youth Pride Clinic for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth. After being profiled in the Post, the clinic quickly booked up.

So it seemed natural, in expanding’s focus on health disparities, to seek his advice on communicating and covering health issues among young LGBT people. In a new AHCJ tip sheet, D’Angelo offers his advice culled from working with LGBT patients for more than three decades.

In this piece, he offers practical advice about how to pose questions, as well as background on the overall health issues facing this particular population. He also calls for including the “Q” (for questioning) in stories about LGBT issues because so many young people see their sexual identity as still evolving.

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