AAP president affirms academy’s support for transgender children



– Many pediatricians have little support or guidance in how to address the unique issues that arise during care of transgender and gender-diverse children and adolescents, Colleen A. Kraft, MD, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, said in an interview.

The AAP’s policy on caring and supporting these patients is evidence-based, and includes recommendations on providing appropriate health care services for transgender individuals, as well as respect and understanding for families. In the interview, Dr. Kraft, discussed the role pediatricians have in providing a safe and supportive environment for transgender and gender-diverse individuals and their families.

“[These children] need to be listened to, they need to be respected for who they are, and they need access to the appropriate health services,” Dr. Kraft said.

The AAP’s policy statement on ensuring care and support for transgender children and adolescents is available here.

Dr. Kraft reported no relevant conflicts of interest.

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