Friday, August 19, 2016

Intellectually dishonest LifeSite News continues to dangerously misinform readers

American College of Pediatricians
Friday, according to Susan Yoshihara at “Pushing gender ideology on kids is child abuse: pediatricians group.” They prefer to “push” religious nonsense. The pediatricians group she is referring to is the minuscule Christian anti-gay hate group, American College of Pediatricians. The real peer organization is the American Academy of Pediatrics. “Gender ideology” is orthodox Catholic-speak for gender identity. Their simplistic, binary superstition prohibits recognizing the existence of gender identity. This piece seems to have originated at Austin Ruse's hate anti-gay hate group C-Fam.

Gender dysphoria is rare but it is very real (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics). Eventually the parent of a trans kid is going to embrace this bullshit with devastating consequences. Trans children require professional counseling and treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment reduces the very high suicide rate of trans people. Catholic priests can neither diagnose nor treat gender dysphoria.
“Facts – not ideology – determine reality,” the American College of Pediatricians (ACP) said in a warning to legislators and educators about the dangers of surgical and medical sex change operations to children.

“Conditioning children into believing that a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse,” the physicians said, “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 LGBTQ – affirming countries.”
First of all, children do not undergo sex reassignment surgery. The minimum age is 18 and the procedure is very rare for people under 21. As I wrote yesterday, puberty blockers and then hormones require intensive counseling and the informed consent of the child and his or her parents. I doubt that Ms. Yoshihara is an MD. I know that Austin Ruse is not an MD.

As for the unnamed Swedish study that they are referencing, about a week ago I made contact with the lead investigator, Dr. Charlotte Björkenstam (who is quite conversant in English). She explains in an email:
Currently the most well-established theory that explains these differences is the “Minority Stress Model” (Meyer). Meyer’s model states that the experience of prejudice events, expectations of rejection, hiding and concealing of one’s sexual identity, internalized homophobia, and ameliorative coping processes are associated with the increased levels of mental ill health and suicidal behavior among sexual minorities.

It is well-established that sexual minority individuals are at higher risks for mental ill health including anxiety and depression, and depression is a main risk factor for suicide, so the association we found is not too surprising. However, it is still urgent with more research, and especially research that aims at finding solutions as how to best prevent suicides among LGBT people but also how to prevent mental ill health and discrimination.
Organizations like LifeSite and the American College of Pediatricians only add to the stress. They create the conditions that generate discrimination.

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