June 27, 2013
Three Questions for the American Academy of Pediatrics
Regarding your June 24 policy statement on “Sexual Minority Youth”:
1. You state that a teen who questions if he is male or female, or who wants his genitalia removed, is “normal, just different.”
Given the physical differences between male and female are more substantial than between different races, if an African American teen is convinced she is really Caucasian, is she also “normal, just different?” Should her pediatrician affirm her belief, and support her wish for facial surgery and skin bleaching?
2. If my son thinks he’s a girl, you recommend I find a therapist who will respect and affirm his belief.
But if my son is attracted to boys, and his urges feel foreign and distressing, you advise me to find a therapist who will tell him “this is who you are, accept it.”
Honestly, does that make sense?
3. You are calling on all pediatricians to fight homophobia and heterosexism. Per the FBI, the number of hate crimes motivated by sexual orientation bias is similar to those motivated by religious bias.
Will the AAP be calling on its members to fight society’s irrational hatred of God-fearing people?