Intended for healthcare professionals


Doctors must be more aware of problems of gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 23 September 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:767
  1. S C D Collings, visiting fellow (,
  2. Sarah Welch, registrar
  1. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Royal Free and University College Hospital Medical School, University College, London NW3 2PF
  2. Auckland Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

    EDITOR—In their editorial on suicidal behaviour in gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth Bagley and D'Augelli refer to the effects of societal and institutional homophobia on the mental health of these young people.1 We agree that restrictive legislation allows intolerance in the community and its institutions to rest unchallenged.

    The medical profession, as an important social institution, has a role in working against prejudice. It also …

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