As if pediatricians weren’t busy enough taking care of all the sniffles, scrapes, and other ailments of childhood, the American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) has just assigned them another job: combating “homophobia.”
According to a new AAP policy statement, pediatricians need to assure lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) adolescents that “being LGBTQ is normal, just different.” They should never suggest that LGBTQ adolescents change their sexual orientations. They should keep parents in the dark about their children’s “different” sexual predilections. And they should do their best to further the homosexual agenda in schools.
This is just the latest in a series of announcements by the nation’s largest pediatricians’ group aimed at normalizing homosexuality and other deviant lifestyles. In 2002, the AAP endorsed adoptions of children by homosexual couples, and earlier this year it came out (no pun intended) in favor of the legalization of same-sex "marriage."
“Sexual minority youth,” reads the June 24 policy statement, “should not be considered abnormal.” Pediatricians are therefore to affirm that these lifestyles are perfectly acceptable and healthful, the AAP implies. Their “offices should be welcoming to all adolescents, regardless of sexual orientation and behavior.” They should take a “gender-neutral approach” and ensure that “office forms do not presume heterosexuality of patients (or parents).” An accompanying table suggests, for example, that staff should not ask a boy about his girlfriend but about his “partner.”
“Pediatricians and their office staff should encourage teenagers to feel comfortable talking with them about their emerging sexual identities and concerns about their sexual activities,” writes the AAP. However, “it is not the role of the pediatrician to inform parents/guardians about the teenager’s sexual identity or behavior; doing so could expose the youth to harm.” A doctor is expected to tell a mother her son has, say, bronchitis and advise her on how to treat it, but he dare not tell her the boy is attracted to other boys — and he certainly must not suggest that this is an ailment in need of treatment.
“Referral for ‘conversion’ or ‘reparative therapy’ is never indicated,” the AAP declares. Such “therapy is not effective and may be harmful to LGBTQ individuals by increasing internalized stigma, distress, and depression.”
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