This TransFactive post is an UPDATE to a 2010 TransActive Gender Center national press release on the American College of Pediatricians.
The American College of Pediatricians (ACP) is a ‘front’ organization for religious, social conservative individuals with a variety of professional credentials (i.e. not all pediatricians) that promotes, incites and instructs others in the emotional and physical abuse of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender children, adolescents and teens through lies and manipulation of actual facts, statistics and clinical research.
Those that support or implement the reckless and abusive recommendations of the American College of Pediatricians must assume the responsibility for perpetuating the emotional, psychological and physical abuse of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender children, adolescents and teens and the often tragic outcome of that abuse.
Abuse By Any Other Name
The American College of Pediatricians hopes people confuse them with the REPUTABLE American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP supports affirmation of gender nonconformity and gender diversity in children, adolescents and teens, and endorses medical intervention in transgender youth following experienced assessment/evaluation.
In 2010, The American College of Pediatricians sent a letter to school superintendents nationwide entitled “Facts About Youth”. While claiming to contain “important factual information and healthful approaches” to working with transgender and gender nonconforming children, adolescents and youth, the letter (and included brochure) consists of outright lies and manipulation of factual information. The ACP seeks to promote the continued marginalization and emotional, psychological and physical abuse of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender students.
The American College of Pediatricians is a fringe collection of individuals described by founding member Joseph Zanga as a organization “with Judeo-Christian, traditional values that is open to pediatric medical professionals of all religions who hold true to the group’s core beliefs: that life begins at conception; and that the traditional family unit, headed by a different-sex couple, poses far fewer risk factors in the adoption and raising of children”.
Founded in 2002 and consisting of approximately 200 members (compared to the more than 60,000 members of the American Academy of Pediatrics), the ACP was created in protest of the American Academy of Pediatrics 2002 policy statement supporting adoption by lesbians and gays.
For an overview of American College of Pediatricians “Facts About Youth” leadership please click here, and look for an upcoming TransFactive post with an in-depth examination of the ACP leadership.
By almost any measure, the ACP is a collection of religious extremists and social conservatives who, like their counterparts in the equally fringe National Association for the Research and Therapy of Homosexuality (NARTH), attempt to promote and distribute propaganda in opposition to diverse gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation. They espouse and endorse ideology-based cissexist notions of what constitutes a healthy home, school and community environment for children and youth.
The American College of Pediatricians promotes child abuse and presents a danger to the safety of all gender nonconforming and transgender children and youth.
The ACP promotes their “Facts About Youth” website to parents, schools and communities. THIS WEBSITE POSES A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO THE WELL-BEING OF ALL CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS AND TEENS.
For up-to-date and accurate information, resources and research on supportive approaches to meeting the needs of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender youth, check out the TransActive Gender Center resources here, here and here, or contact us by email with your questions.
The American College of Pediatricians mirrors the tactics of organizations and individuals that insist on using quotation marks around the words “gay”, “transgender”, “anti-bullying” and others in an attempt to de-authenticate their meaning and further dehumanize children and youth.
TO BE CRYSTAL CLEAR:
TransActive Gender Center (supported by leading experts in the healthcare field) takes the position that the intentional misrepresentations and lies disseminated by the American College of Pediatricians provides, and is intended to provide so-called “scientific” support and ‘cover’ to individuals and organizations like those listed here who desire to perpetuate and institutionalize (i.e. through letters to school superintendents) the emotional, psychological and physical abuse of gender nonconforming, gender diverse and transgender children, adolescents, teens and their families.
The “red herring” scenarios and social conservative idealogical dogma dispensed by the American College of Pediatricians is, indeed, the wrong prescription for ALL youth, families, professionals, communities and yes, faith leadership. Their propaganda only amplifies existing ignorance, intolerance and hate.
It’s long past time to loudly reject and actively oppose those individuals and organizations like the American College of Pediatricians that encourage child abuse behind thin veneers of ‘professional opinion’, ‘scientific analysis’, ‘concern for youth’ or ‘freedom of religion/ideology’.
Founder & Executive Director
TransActive Gender Center