Service provider views on issues and needs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth

Travers, Robb; Guta, Adrian; Flicker, Sarah; Larkin, June; Lo, Chase; McCardell, Sarah; van der Meulen, Emily
December 2010
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;2010, Vol. 19 Issue 4, p191
Academic Journal
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth require appropriate, effective, and accessible sexual health services. Sexual minority youth living in large urban, multicultural cities have a complex range of service needs. As part of the Toronto Teen Survey, focus groups were conducted with 80 service providers from 55 agencies in the Greater Toronto Area to elicit their input concerning the changing service needs of LGBT youth, their increasing complexity as a client group, and obstacles to working effectively with them. Issues that arose in the focus groups included addressing the needs of LGBT youth across a large city that includes suburban areas, the need to address the specific service needs of transgender youth, and the intersection of racial and ethno-cultural diversity with sexual orientation. Service provider recommendations focused on the need for improved education and training and policy change at the agency level.


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