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JAMA Pediatrics Patient Page
April 2017

Supportive Policies Affect the Health of LGBTQ Youth

JAMA Pediatr. 2017;171(4):404. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.3103

The labels that describe a person’s gender identity or sexual orientation are important. The term lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning/queer (LGBTQ) is used to include people who are described below.

The term lesbian means a girl or woman with a romantic, emotional, and sexual attraction to other girls or women. The term gay refers to a boy or man with a romantic, emotional, and sexual attraction to other boys or men. However, this term also refers to any person who is attracted to someone of the same gender. The term bisexual describes someone with a romantic, emotional, and sexual attraction to people who are male and female. A related term is pansexual, which often refers to people who are attracted to people of all genders.

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