Gender Ideology Harms Children

Gender Ideology Harms Children

The American College of Pediatricians – Gender Ideology Harms Children

The American College of Pediatricians urges 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. Facts – not ideology – determine reality.

1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder. The norm for human design is to be conceived either male or female. Human sexuality is binary by design with the obvious purpose being the reproduction and flourishing of our species. This principle is self-evident. The exceedingly rare disorders of sexual differentiation (DSDs), including but not limited to testicular feminization and congenital adrenal hyperplasia, are all medically identifiable deviations from the sexual binary norm, and are rightly recognized as disorders of human design. Individuals with DSDs do not constitute a third sex.

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. No one is born with an awareness of themselves as male or female; this awareness develops over time and, like all developmental processes, may be derailed by a child’s subjective perceptions, relationships, and adverse experiences from infancy forward. People who identify as “feeling like the opposite sex” or “somewhere in between” do not comprise a third sex. They remain biological men or biological women.

3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking. When an otherwise healthy biological boy believes he is a girl, or an otherwise healthy biological girl believes she is a boy, an objective psychological problem exists that lies in the mind not the body, and it should be treated as such. These children suffer from gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria (GD), formerly listed as Gender Identity Disorder (GID), is a recognized mental disorder in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-V). The psychodynamic and social learning theories of GD/GID have never been disproved.

4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous. Reversible or not, puberty- blocking hormones induce a state of disease – the absence of puberty – and inhibit growth and fertility in a previously biologically healthy child.

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. What compassionate and reasonable person would condemn young children to this fate knowing that after puberty as many as 88% of girls and 98% of boys will eventually accept reality and achieve a state of mental and physical health?

8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse. Endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents, leading more children to present to “gender clinics” where they will be given puberty-blocking drugs. This, in turn, virtually ensures that they will “choose” a lifetime of carcinogenic and otherwise toxic cross-sex hormones, and likely consider unnecessary surgical mutilation of their healthy body parts as young adults.

Michelle A. Cretella, M.D.
President of the American College of Pediatricians

Quentin Van Meter, M.D.
Vice President of the American College of Pediatricians
Pediatric Endocrinologist

Paul McHugh, M.D.
University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School and the former psychiatrist in chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital

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2 comments on “Gender Ideology Harms Children

  1. North Carolina Passes Anti-Trans Bill, Corporate Bullies Circling
    by Austin Ruse

    North Carolina is the latest state to pass legislation making it illegal for men and boys who pose as females to use women’s shower rooms and restrooms throughout the state.

    The bill, passed with unanimous support from Republicans and signed into law by the Governor, also makes it illegal for municipalities to pass so-called non-discrimination bills aimed at advancing the transsexual agenda.

    The bill came in response to such a law passed recently in Charlotte. That effort was led by a homosexual man who was later revealed to be a sex offender required to register yearly. When Breitbart News broke the story nationally, Chad Sevearance stepped down from his lead role at the gay chamber of commerce.

    The North Carolina bill passed Wednesday after a day of often emotional testimony. Chloe Jefferson, a junior at a Christian school told lawmakers, “Girls like me should never be made to shower and undress in front of boys.”

    There is a great deal of confusion about transgenderism. Advocates argue that people are “assigned” a gender at birth, an “assignment” that may not comport with their eventual “gender identity” or “gender expression” which could include up more than 58 possibilities, according to Facebook, including something called “gender non-binary” where someone believes he is neither male or female.

    According to a statement released this week by the American Academy of Pediatricians, the transgender ideology is actually a form of child abuse. The statement cites studies that show children who are gender confused need psychological help and that nearly all of them straighten out by their mid-twenties.

    The Academy points out that giving a child hormone treatment to halt puberty is highly dangerous.

    Dr. Paul McHugh, former head of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, who closed the transgender surgery center at the venerable institution, says transsexual surgery is dangerous, does not turn men into woman and that those who undergo such surgery end up as unhappy or more unhappy than before their castration.

    Both McHugh and the Academy point to the vastly higher rate of suicides among those who have gone through castration surgery, even in such “trans-friendly” countries as Sweden.

    Walt Heyer, a business executive who lived for eight years as a woman, after undergoing castration, now regrets what he did. He now lives as a man and runs a website called Sex Change Regret that is full of stories from men and women just like him who were taken in by the notion that they were born with the wrong sex.

    Powerful forces are now circling around North Carolina and threatening to do harm to the State’s economy. Mark Benihoff, of the cloud computing company SalesForce that has a market capitalization of $48 billion is organizing other CEOs to hurt North Carolina. He has announced he is joining forces with Bank of America that is the country’s second largest bank and is headquartered in Charlotte. Benihoff is running a similar take-down in Georgia where a similar bill was passed over the veto of the governor.

    The Disney Company and Marvel are threatening Georgia with not filming in the state because of the law. Similar to what they did in Arizona over a religious freedom bill, the NFL is also threatening Georgia with not getting the Super Bowl any time soon.

  2. It’s us or them. (As always)

    NBA Calls for ‘Inclusive Environment’ in Push to Let Males in Ladies’ Room
    by Austin Ruse

    Like much of professional sports, the National Basketball Association has gone head over heals for the homosexual agenda. This week the league condemned the new law in North Carolina that makes it illegal for men and boys posing as females to use restrooms and showers of the opposite sex.

    Yesterday the league issued the following statement:

    The NBA is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for all who attend our games and events. We are deeply concerned that this discriminatory law runs counter to our guiding principles of equality and mutual respect and do not yet know what impact it will have on our ability to successfully host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.

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