Pediatrician Organization Warns that Teaching Kids Transgenderism Is Dangerous

By The Stream Published on March 20, 2016

The American College of Pediatricians has issued a statement urging “educators and legislators to reject all policies that condition children to accept as normal a life of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex.” The statement offers eight reasons why such impersonation is harmful and should be rejected in preference to treatment based on biological reality:

1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder.

2. No one is born with a gender. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one.

3. A person’s belief that he is something he is not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.

4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.

5. According to the DSM-V, as many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.

6. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.

7. Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT-affirming countries.

8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.

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  • Dean Bruckner

    Thank you, Stream. This is welcome truth. It will also be bitterly, violently opposed. My prayers for you, and for us all.

  • Kelc

    What does the college propose for treatment? Perhaps aversion therapy or maybe shock treatments! As a fundamentalist Christian organization do you find the high rate of suicide of transgender people acceptable! Would you eliminate the only treatments that offer positive results and relief from a life threatening condition?

    • Corina Papabathini

      Mental illness can be treated and managed by professionals.

      • Kelc

        Yes, but there is argument that this is not a mental illness but even if you would like to categorize it as such, what proven methods of therapy would you use? many professionals have found that hormone therapy and transition are the most effective and have the best record of successful outcomes for the patient.

        • Thisoldspouse

          Yes, mutilating perfectly formed and functional body parts is the solution, right? What if a child thought he was a cat. Should we subject him to radical surgery to have his ears moved to the top of his head and made into point, just so he would “feel better?”

          • Kelc

            Your Ignorance is astounding. How does your irrational hatred help anyone. Maybe you should research the condition instead of spewing moronic comparisons. I’m willing to bet you have never even met a transgender person besides what have they done to you that you hold such derision Do you have any compassion?

  • DaCoachK

    Just wait until the mentally ill mafia (GiBLeTs) read this article. You know how touchy these people are. Oh well, since I am a trans-canine, I will go about my business as an English bulldog.

  • Corina Papabathini

    Thank you for speaking up and looking out for our children. Same argument can be made for homosexuality. NOT GENETIC.

  • autarchical1

    Thanks pediatrics, and my condolences. I mean, unless people start to care, you’ll soon be silenced.

  • Bill Kenny

    This is a tiny fringe group, dedicated principally to gay-bashing.

    • Thisoldspouse

      Sodomites are the tiny fringe group. Get a grip on reality.

      • Bill Kenny

        The reality is the American College of Pediatricians Is a tiny group of 60-200, who would like the credulous and ill-informed to take them for the actual professional group, the American Academy of Pediatrics. The latter consists of 60,00 practicing physicians. The ACP has zero professional credentials.

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