American Academy of Pediatrics

Statement Date
09/13/2018
Statement Summary

The American Academy of Pediatrics works toward all children and adolescents, regardless of gender identity or expression, receiving care to promote optimal physical, mental, and social well-being.‍ Any discrimination based on gender identity or expression, real or perceived, is damaging to the socioemotional health of children, families, and society.

The AAP recommends that youth who identify as transgender and gender diverse have access to comprehensive, gender-affirming, and developmentally appropriate health care that is provided in a safe and inclusive clinical space and that insurance plans offer coverage for health care that is specific to the needs of youth who identify as transgender and gender diverse, including coverage for medical, psychological, and, when indicated, surgical gender-affirming interventions.

Full Citation

Jason Rafferty et al., Ensuring Comprehensive Care and Support for Transgender and Gender-Diverse Children and Adolescents, 142 Pediatrics e20182162 (2018); DOI: 10.1542/peds.2018- 2162.