The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a policy statement aimed at the parents of trans and gender diverse youth and the clinicians who care for them. The statement is available online and will be included in the October issue of Pediatrics, the organization’s academic journal.

The AAP statement incorporates a 2012 statement by the American Psychiatric Association:

Being transgender or gender variant implies no impairment in judgment, stability, reliability, or general social or vocational capabilities; however, these individuals often experience discrimination due to a lack of civil rights protections for their gender identity or expression.… [Such] discrimination and lack of equal civil rights is damaging to the mental health of transgender and gender variant individuals

The Academy’s recommends a gender-affirming approach that includes:

  • Access to family-based therapy and support for parents, caregivers and siblings of youth who identify as transgender.
  • Electronic health records, billing systems and other notifications that respect the asserted gender identity of each patient.
  • Insurance plans that offer coverage specific to the needs of youth who identify as transgender, including coverage for medical, psychological and, when appropriate, surgical interventions.
  • Advocacy by pediatricians for policies and laws that promote acceptance of all children without fear of harassment, exclusion or bullying because of gender expression.

The gender-affirming care model is intended to convey the following:

  • transgender identities and diverse gender expressions do not constitute a mental disorder;
  • variations in gender identity and expression are normal aspects of human diversity, and binary definitions of gender do not always reflect emerging gender identities;
  • gender identity evolves as an interplay of biology, development, socialization, and culture; and
  • if a mental health issue exists, it most often stems from stigma and negative experiences rather than being intrinsic to the child.

Keep in mind that the American Academy of Pediatrics is the real peer group. The American College of Pediatricians headed by Michelle Cretella is nothing more than an anti-LGBT hate group and is so designated by the SPLC.

Just this morning I responded to a blog post by Family Research Council’s anti-LGBT propagandist. The religious right continues to promote discrimination and bigotry regarding transgender and gender diverse people. The statement from the highly respected American Academy of Pediatrics should act to tamp down religious zealotry. However, it will probably be dismissed as nothing more than political correctness.

Ryan T. Anderson’s idiotic book has just been outed as moronic without mentioning the name of the author or the title of the pretentious tome. Religious dogma is no substitute for the work product of people with the real training and experience.

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.