Monday, April 12, 2010

American College of Pediatricians: Homosexuality is Not Innate and Not Unchangeable

This is from an article on a website called Virtue Online, by David Virtue:

Pediatricians caution educators on dealing with sexual orientation and gender confusion among students

News release from American College of Pediatricians
April 5, 2010

The American College of Pediatricians cautions educators about the management of students experiencing same-sex attraction or exhibiting symptoms of gender confusion. These concerns are outlined in a letter and fact sheet sent by College president Thomas Benton, MD, to all 14,800 school district superintendents in the U.S. . . .

"As pediatricians, our primary interest is in the health and well-being of children and youth," Dr. Den Trumbull, vice president of the College explains. "We are increasingly concerned that in too many instances, misinformation or incorrect assumptions are guiding well-intentioned educators to adopt policies that are actually harmful to those youth dealing with sexual confusion."

The College reminds school superintendents that it is not uncommon for adolescents to experience transient confusion about their sexual orientation and that most students will ultimately adopt a heterosexual orientation if not otherwise encouraged. For this reason, schools should not seek to develop policy which "affirms" or encourages these non-heterosexual attractions among students who may merely be experimenting or experiencing temporary sexual confusion. Such premature labeling can lead some adolescents to engage in homosexual behaviors that carry serious physical and mental health risks.

There is no scientific evidence that anyone is born gay or transgendered. Therefore, the College further advises that schools should not teach or imply to students that homosexual attraction is innate, always life-long and unchangeable. Research has shown that therapy to restore heterosexual attraction can be effective for many people. . . .

Read the complete letter to school superintendents.

Read the fact sheet provided for superintendents.

Home page of the American College of Pediatricians.

See a related article about the American Psychological Association (APA) dropping the "gay gene" argument.


John Salmon said...

How long before they back down? They are going to reap an unholy whirlwind.

Hudson said...

Anyone who does not back down, should have their position and or reasoning considered. No one has anything to gain financially from standing up to the general hegemony of society on this topic, in fact they have everything to lose, as you can see with people who have stood up before as individuals. How could any critical mind not consider this in evaluating what thy have to say?

What I want to know is how anyone can say they know better than professionals? Doesn't it make it just as irresponsible as saying someone CHOSE to be gay? Of course we know this is not true either...but just as well, it is an opinion held by many, completely outside of the facts.

People are content in their ignorance. I don't HAVE to take a stand one way or another, however, I CAN request people to learn about both sides....