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LGBTQ+ Care and Support

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At Children’s National, we support our LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer) patients through a variety of programs and services:

  • The Youth Pride Clinic provides comprehensive primary, specialty and mental health care to youth and young adults between the ages of 12 to 21. We also provide high-quality health and wellness care in a safe and affirming environment for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth.
  • The Gender Development Program is our multidisciplinary program for transgender and gender-diverse youth and their families. psychiatry, psychology, speech therapy, endocrinology and gynecology collaborate to help parents and gender-diverse youth navigate gender development through personalized assessments and care.
  • Children and teens who have gender dysphoria and autism spectrum characteristics (or related conditions) have access to our Gender and Autism Program.
  • Our Burgess Clinic was established in 1989 to provide support and meet the unique medical needs of adolescents infected with or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Research Initiatives

Children's National research initiatives focus on topics including differences of sexual development and diverse populations. Learn about our ongoing efforts:

Enroll in PUSH Sexual Health Study

PUSH (Promoting Unique Support for Health) is a paid sexual health study trying to understand how best to identify and engage adolescents and young adults in sexual health care.

Are you:

  • African-American, Black or Latinex?
  • Between the ages of 15-24 years?
  • Male, transfeminine or gender non-conforming?

If so, you could participate. You will be paid for your participation and be paid for referring your friends who participate. Interested? Call or email for more information: (202) 476-3714.

How to Support Your LGBTQ+ Child

When your child decides to "come out," which is the process where an individual shares his/her identity as a LGBTQ+ person, realize it is an act of courage and trust. Read more about how you can support your LGBTQ+ child on Rise and Shine, our health and wellness site for kids.

Career Opportunities at Children's National

Children's National is a supportive employer of LGBTQ+ people, and is committed to promoting openness and equality in the workplace. Our team continues to promote diversity in recruitment and advancement through multiple efforts including: 

  • Developing community partnerships with organizations such as the D.C. Career Academy Network to increase our connection to diverse candidates
  • Charging search firms with shared responsibility to source and attract diverse candidates
  • Communicating and raising awareness of pathways for advancement at Children’s National
  • Creating a coaching and training program for diverse junior leaders, with executive mentorship

If you are interested in joining the Children's National team, please view our current job listings.