Stories about: GLBT youth

Eating disorders affect boys, gay and lesbian youth

“When asked to conjure an image of a patient living with an eating disorder, I imagine many people picture a young, thin woman. This reflects two common stereotypes: that eating disorders only affect women, and that all people with eating disorders are low-weighted. In fact, clinical experience and an evolving field of research show that many males struggle with eating disorders,” says Scott Hadland, MD, MPH, fellow in Adolescent Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Similarly, parents and health care providers may see gay, lesbian and bisexual youth in terms of their sexual identities and forget that these teens may face body image and weight control issues as well.

Two recent studies published by researchers at Boston Children’s debunk these stereotypes and may change the way parents and providers think about eating disorders and risky weight control behaviors in all teens.

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Season of pride

By S. Bryn Austin, ScD, director of Fellowship Research Training in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital

This past Saturday was Boston’s 42nd annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride parade. As I stood among the jubilant throngs, cheering on the joyfully endless stream of colorful marchers, cyclists, roller skaters and floats, I was struck by how much we have to be proud of here in Massachusetts. And I mean all of us, not just the LGBT community.

Boston Children's Hospital's presence at this year's LGBT Pride parade

In 2004, Massachusetts was the first state to legally recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry. Twenty years ago, we were the first state to establish—by executive order from then-Governor William Weld—Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA), which are vital school-based support groups for teens. Across the state, we have many outstanding community-based organizations providing valuable resources for LGBT youth. And right here at Boston Children’s Hospital, we’re a national leader in health care and research for LGBT youth.

Every milestone achieved on the path toward equality and inclusion is a direct result of the compassion and dedication of our whole community working together, gay and straight, transgender and nontransgender. We can all share in the season of pride.

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Gender and Sexuality Competence: Visions for the Future Treatment of Sexual Minority Youth

June marks Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month. In honor of this event Thrive is pleased have Scott Leibowitz, MD, of Children’s Hospital Boston’s department of psychiatry, as a guest poster, blogging about a soon-to-be launched gender and sexuality psychosocial pilot program he has coordinated at Children’s, which will be the first of its kind in the United States.

Scott Leibowitz, MD
Scott Leibowitz, MD

Imagine growing up in a constant state of turmoil, being pushed and pulled by two opposing forces: where your internal sense of self tells you to feel one way, but what seems like the rest of the world, and sometimes even your own body, says you should feel another way. For sexual minority youth—children and adolescents who grow up outside conventional norms applied to gender and sexuality—this shame-induced state of being can be every day life.

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