US Surgeon General speaks about LGBTQ+ youth mental health issues during visit to South Florida

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Florida. – United States Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy is in South Florida on Friday, where he will have a listening session with LGBTQ+ youth, meet with healthcare workers at Jackson Memorial Hospital and deliver a speech. commencement speech at Miami Dade College.

Murthy’s listening session with LGBTQ+ youth follows its opinion issued in Decemberwhich highlighted the youth mental health crisis across the country and identified LGBTQ+ youth as being at higher risk for mental health issues during the pandemic.

“A lot of them don’t feel like they’re valued, respected, cared for,” Murthy said. “In fact, they feel threatened by the recent rules and legislations that have been passed in various parts of the country.

“I think we need to consider the impact on the LGBTQ community when we come up with new rules, whether they govern conversations at school or whether they govern what kind of medical care they should be offered.”

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Some young LGTBQs in Florida have said they feel in the crosshairs of partisan politics following the passage of recent legislation.

On March 10, the second year of the MAST Academy, Kamilah Gurdian, who organized a school demonstration to protest against the Parental Rights in Education Bill, dubbed by critics the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Billsaid: “It’s just about treating us, the young LGTBQ, as well as the adults, like a political pawn because we all know they don’t care and they’re just trying to gain points for some supporters.

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Local 10 News reporter Christina Vazquez asked the surgeon general what he thought of a recent memo from Florida about gender-affirming care guidelines that differ from the position of federal health officials and medical associations. .

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“It’s important that health policy decisions are made and driven by health professionals, by public health professionals, by evidence and data,” he said.

He said part of the reason the Department of Health and Human Services issued gender-affirming care advice “is because that’s what the medical community, after careful consideration, has also supported”, adding that “we pass new laws or propose new directives or regulations, it is very important that we have the right people around the table, that we let science and medicine guide us, that we consider the impact of these measures on young LGBTQ people who, by the way, have a suicide rate and mental health problems.

Murthy, a graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior High School, said at the end of the day “America should be a welcoming place for everyone.”

“Where everyone can find a home,” he said. “It’s what brought my family and generations of immigrants to this country. No one should be left behind. Right now, there is a significant part of our community that feels left out. We cannot afford to let this happen.

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