American College of Pediatricians Statement

A recent statement from the American College of Pediatricians reflects sound reasoning on the subject of gender identity. Included are these facts:

  1. Human sexuality is an objective biological binary trait: “XY” and “XX” [speaking of chromosomal identity] are genetic markers of health – not genetic markers of a disorder.

  2. Everyone is born with a biological sex. Gender (an awareness and sense of oneself as male or female) is a sociological and psychological concept; not an objective biological one.

  3. A person’s belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking.

  4. Puberty is not a disease and puberty-blocking hormones can be dangerous.

  5. As many as 98% of gender confused boys and 88% of gender confused girls eventually accept their biological sex after naturally passing through puberty.

  6. Children who use puberty blockers to impersonate the opposite sex will require cross-sex hormones in late adolescence. Cross-sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) are associated with dangerous health risks including but not limited to high blood pressure, blood clots, stroke and cancer.

  7. Rates of suicide are twenty times greater among adults who use cross-sex hormones and undergo sex reassignment surgery, even in Sweden which is among the most LGBQT-affirming countries.

  8. Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.” 

Read the entire statement, American College of Pediatricians Statement On Gender Dysphoria in Children.