“It is essential to understand there is no scientific evidence that an individual is born ‘gay’ or ‘transgender.”
This statement is lodged in the middle of a March 31st letter to school superintendents from none other than the President of the American College of Pediatricians. In the letter he encourages school counselors, when they observe possible gender confusion in a student, not to affirm that student in that sexual orientation.
The reason is that many adolescents experience some gender confusion and/or homosexual attraction, but that does not mean that all are destined for homosexuality. In fact, “most” who experience gender confusion as adolescents do not experience attraction to the opposite sex by age 25.
Counselors who rush to judgment and affirm homosexual tendencies could in fact prolong the confusion and potentially cause a great deal of trouble.
Certain lines from this letter are worth quoting.
Multiple social and familial factors that incline children and adolescents to homosexual attraction and/or gender confusion “can respond well to therapy.”
“… individuals with unwanted same sex attraction often can be successfully treated.”
“… as a group, homosexuals experience significantly higher levels of mental and physical health problems compared to heterosexuals.”
“Premature labeling may then lead some adolescents into harmful homosexual behaviors that they otherwise would not pursue” (emphasis added).
I wonder if there’s been any fallout from this letter. Hats off to President Tom Benton and the American College of Pediatricians for loving kids enough to tell the truth to their schools administrators.
If you'd like, read the whole letter.