Gender and Sexuality Development Program Resources

For Parents and Caregivers

This tool allows patients/families to find LGBT-friendly healthcare providers.

“Our children need us more than ever. Varying states are introducing and passing bills that block access to affirming medical care and they are restricting true inclusive discourse in schools that silence teachers and students who wish to proudly share their LGBTQ+ experiences which could enhance relationships and respectful acceptance amongst peers.


Listen to Dr. Hawkins discuss common developmental stages, gender language, when to refer to a gender specialist, and how providers can talk to both patients and parents about gender and sexuality.

Listen to Zachary McClain, MD, a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine and Medical Director of CHOP’s Young Men’s Clinic, talk about taking care of teenagers, in particular young men.

Resources for Adolescents

Since everyone’s gender identity is unique to them, there is no one perfect way to come out. It can be tricky to figure out how to come out, but it is an important step in getting to be yourself.

The Out4STEM Internship Program provides Philadelphia’s LGBTQIA youth with healthcare and STEM-oriented instruction, mentorship, academic support, and college/career preparation in an inclusive, safe space. It aims to promote resilience, peer support networks, and diverse educational experiences.


In this video, Nadia Dowshen, MD, MSHP, and Linda Hawkins, PhD, LPC, discuss the challenges faced by transgender and/or gender-expansive children, youth and their families, and identify solutions for supporting this patient population to achieve optimal health and well-being.