American College of Pediatricians speaks truth on transgenderism

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The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is a not-for-profit national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals, for scientific and educational purposes. Founded in 2002. ACP’s mission is promote the health and well-being of children with sound policy and assisting parents and influencing society with the best available research. ACP currently has members in 47 states, and several countries outside of the US.
Among ACP’s core values is this — that the ACP “recognizes that there are absolutes and scientific truths that transcend relative social considerations of the day.”
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True to that core value, the American College of Pediatricians has issued the following statement of position on transgenderism, the Left’s political fad de jure, making it clear that transgenderism is a psychological disorder that has no basis in biology. Whatever “transgenders” imagine themselves to be, they remain biologically fully male or female.
(Note: ACP supplied the bold emphasis; I supplied the red color and the bracketed comments.)

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. [Note: cross-sex hormones are more often referred to as “sex-change hormones,” which of course do no such thing because one’s sex is determined by one’s XX or XY chromosomes.]
(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? [Note: “Sex-reassignment surgery” is another misnomer because that surgery does not “reassign” or change one’s sex, which is determined by a person’s XX or XY chromosomes. All that the surgery does is body mutilation.]
(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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25 responses to “American College of Pediatricians speaks truth on transgenderism

  1. Amen! (Watch, SEIU and/or Georg Soros– or some other Leftist flakes– will try to take over ACP and make then change their position now.)

  2. I second Anonymous’s “Amen!” Dr. Eowyn,
    this article below echoes the same sentiments about children in britain…IMHO while they are rejecting Christ they are also treating children as social experiments and the parents are gullible and ignorant
    “Number of British kids treated for gender confusion jumped 1000% in last five years”
    absolutely ridiculous! what is wrong with people these days?!

  3. While I can empathise & be sympathetic to a degree to those who feel uncomfortable w/themselves as they are, I cannot see how going 180 degrees opposite as any kind of a ‘solution’ or resolution. Rather it indicates to me that there are spiritual-psychological-emotional needs that must be addressed, NOT by surgery or sexual chemistry.
    Having male, female, same-sex, and bisexual roles for humans should cover the entire spectrum of reality, as far as I’m concerned; life is already too complicated by that many. I do NOT want my tax dollars to support ‘sex re-assignment surgery’ or other abusive procedures that enrich a few specialists, but all-too-often make the victims even more miserable than they were before, when they experience FAILURE as the end –and final, if they suicide– result.

  4. What we are witnessing is the, so far, closest thing to the human sacrifice of America’s children this government and its MSM dare go at this point. Vigilant Citizen has been documenting the entertainment and fashion industries’ transition from the sexual exploitation, through sexual degradation, to now the simulated, sadistic, sexual mutilation of America’s young women. Recall that Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint was lauded by American Jewry precisely because he fantasized, at the limit back then, of “shtupping” little Catholic school girls in uniform as a way of destroying their fathers. With so little backlash from the lamestream conservative movement, the talk has shifted to outright genocide of the white race across the MSM and in academia. If the complicit GOP establishment isn’t routed in this coming election, it’ll probably be too late to save even the profession of the Christian faith. Christians in America, of all races, need to start a new party in any case.

  5. The left don’t deal with facts…just feeeeelings. It’s a messed up world.

    • Precisely, which is why true conservatives understand and act upon the differences between ‘sentiment’ which is true, and ‘sentimental’, which are ghost images of the Real. Dr R Weaver’s “Ideas Have Consequences” should be every conservative’s ‘Bible’ of philosophy!

  6. My-O-My-O…..I’ve written of this before…but, this year, in ONE class of 33 kids in a middle school, I have THREE extremely troubled kids who are not YET age 13: a little girl who claims to be “co-parented” by 2 lesbians, told me today that she is a “he-she.” I wont’ go on about this, but almost in the same breath “she” also told me about having a crush on a boy……
    Then, there is the girl whose mother married a lesbian/trans-gender (can’t figure this one out) and she took a week off of school when the lesbian lover of her mother went through sex-reasignment surgery…..but someone….anyone….please enlighten me…I don’t know if this means they are still lesbian lovers…or if they are “heterosexual” now…..AND, the girl student has a “best friend” who comes to study with her in my room and they are WAY WAY TOOOOOOOO “touchy” with each other, until I say…”I HAVE TO GO HOME NOW AND LET MY DOGS OUT….” Which, puts an end to it, at least as far is it was going in front of MY EYES/suspicians….
    AND the saddest of all….a “physical” girl with a VERY VERY feminine name, who feels that she is a boy..who is in the “girl’s” PE classes….and who makes passes at other girls, gets rebuffed…and then, there is HUGE CRYING DRAMA coming into my class. “She” has missed MOST of my History classes b/c she is up at the counselor office bawling. THis is the most troubling to me b/c she made a comment to her counselor that her parents had to “chose” her gender when she was born. So, I feel that there is a biological basis to her confusion…..and the choice that her parents were forced to make, was not the “right” one for this child (through NO FAULT of their own)……I believe that the years through maturation might lead this one to the way that is right for her/him. But the other two, I am convinced that parental modeling has totally screwed them——

    • My goodness, with all the drama and confusion in your class. How do you get anything done. What trying times you are going through.

      • THanks Glenn for noticing how hard it is for me to “get anything done” OR…that I actually GO TO WORK every day with the intention of “getting something done.” 🙂
        The rest of my classes are art. But for my History classes…like this one…I have a BULL HORN that my husband bought for me as a “joke’ for Christmas…but is is NOT a JOKE…I use it to issue directives for this history class…b/c THAT’S what they sit up and take notice of—amidst the miasma of sexual confusion drama and general socializing/social & sexual communications……..I also issue what I call “DBQ” exercises—-not new—a “DATA-BASED QUESTION” exercise. I make them defend every answer to every question on a test or on homework…whatever……with a sentence from their text. When they get older—-they will HAVE to do this in every history class, using far more complicated/varied texts than their own little 6th grade history book…..PROVE that the answer is “correct’ from the information provided—be it your text book…OR a number of collected texts/data. For any of you “old’ teachers out there…..I ALSO make them write COMPLETE sentences…or else…NO CREDIT. So, when I get the reply to “Describe the art of the Shang Dynasty” as a one-word, “Stone,” or “Jade,” I give NO CREDIT. Blah, blah……It’s all so FOREIGN now to me—one who began by subbing almost 30 years ago…and who began teaching with a contract almost 20 years ago…..

    • Just an add on, for the child in your class that the parents made her sexual decision brings back the mystery behind the birth of a Hollywood couple’s child. There was much speculation the child was born a hermaphrodite and a trip over seas and decision was made. Turns out, they chose girl, but she was never able to have a baby.

  7. After all this, add this to the confusion. In Samoa and other French Polynesian cultures, it is acceptable to raise young male babies as female. They are dresses as girls, even if they have never had feminine tendencies. Many are raised that way. If the family already has too many women and tubs they are raised as girls to help with the women’s work. Most grow up to marry women. They are called fa’affine in Samoa.
    I have personally crossed paths with about five of them. Some have absolutely no feminine attributes at all. They are never pit through the surgery, just raised as female. They are considered hard workers.
    There are some famous ones living in the US.

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  13. Amen!

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  15. Amen, and again…..AMEN! Yes. That wasn’t so hard, was it? Now the backlash can begin. “I want to be a unicorn! I want to be a beautiful butterfly! I want to be a Gnu, how do you do?

    I suppose it is hard to compete against fantasy when harsh reality is sometimes so unforgiving and absolute. Still, I don’t have much patience left any longer with these fantasists. Frankly, it’s NOT ok to want to screw cats. It’s even worse to demand that everyone applaud cat diddlers.

    Some of us here recognize that this is all part and parcel of the planned destruction of our shared society. It really doesn’t seem wise to participate. For those who’ve grown up dissatisfied by what God has wrought, perhaps your parents were Demonrats or Satanists, or both, get help. If you refuse, remember that silence is a virtue.

  16. Until recently, this was not a “political” issue. In fact, it was a non-issue. In my mind it still is and should forever remain so.

    How is it that a cabal decides to push this erroneous belief and manages to actually get all this passionate agreement for it? I do not have percentages for this, but if it were possible to get legitimate statistics I would imagine that those who genuinely struggle with this would be a very small number indeed.

    In fact, those in that number should be encouraged to seek psychological help, not “reassignment”. This is a fad. It is like swallowing goldfish or having one’s nipples pierced.

    Parents who encourage this should be convicted of child abuse. I have known enough of these “confused” people to know that they are insane. They are never happy with anything. They want to reorder their world, so to speak.

    This is because those whose responsibility it was to teach them how to be grateful for what they had have instead taught them lies. They are now the fodder for use in bringing our destruction.

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