Kids with gay or lesbian parents do just fine

A long-term study of children adopted by gay and lesbian parents has found that the kids are well-adjusted through middle childhood, researchers say.Nearly 100 two-parent families were included in the study, half had gay or lesbian parents. All had adopted children. The kids were assessed at two points: at preschool age, then five years later. [...]

Transgender people, gender identity and gender expression

Gender identity refers to a person’s internal sense of being male, female or something else; gender expression refers to the way a person communicates gender identity to others through behavior, clothing, hairstyles, voice or body characteristics. Read the full article from the American Psychological Association.

For transgender kids, support is key to emotional well-being

Transgender children who feel supported seem to have no greater risk of depression and anxiety than other kids do, a new study suggests. Experts said the findings are welcome news -- especially in light of past studies finding high rates of depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts among transgender children and adults. These latest results suggest [...]

2016-11-04T11:04:28-04:00November 4th, 2016|Diversity, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Lasting damage seen in LGBT teens who suffer harassment

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teens who experience severe harassment can suffer from serious mental health problems, a new study suggests. "With bullying, I think people often assume 'That's just kids teasing kids,' and that's not true," said study author Brian Mustanski, director of Northwestern University's Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and [...]

2016-11-04T11:15:10-04:00November 4th, 2016|Diversity, What's new at FIRSTCALL|

Gay, lesbian, and transgender health issues

People of any sexual orientation can face health problems. But people who are gay, lesbian, or transgender may be at greater risk for health problems because they don't always see a healthcare provider when they need to. This may be because they feel embarrassed, have had a bad experience, fear judgment, or have a healthcare [...]

2020-03-22T22:34:34-04:00November 4th, 2016|Diversity, What's new at FIRSTCALL|