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Advice for Patients
February 7, 2011

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(2):188. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.293

These 5 terms are often shortened to GLBTQ and relate to sexual orientation or sexual identification. Sexual orientation means whether a person is attracted to a person of the same sex or different sex.

The reasons that people are of different sexual orientations and identifications are unknown and clearly complicated. Factors may include genetics or biology. It is likely that the origins of all people's sexual identity and attraction involve multiple factors. People of all ages, races, family backgrounds, and body types are GLBTQ.

If your child is confused or worried, it is important that he or she talk about these feelings. Your child may feel comfortable talking with one or more of these people: