Countering Homosexual Promotions
Special Report - April 14, 2010
The pro-homosexual “Day of Silence” will be observed by gay, bisexual and transgender students at hundreds of schools across North Carolina this Friday (April 16), and many parents are understandably concerned about the promotion of homosexuality and gender confusion in the classroom through similar events and programs. In response, the American College of Pediatricians (ACOP) has launched a new Web resource, http://factsaboutyouth.com/, which is aimed at providing parents, educators and policy makers with “science based information about healthful approaches to youth who may be conflicted about gender identity and sexual orientation.”
“As pediatricians, our primary interest is in the health and well-being of children and youth,” Dr. Den Trumbull, Vice President of ACOP, stated in a press release announcing the initiative. “We are increasingly concerned that in too many instances, misinformation or incorrect assumptions are guiding well-intentioned educators to adopt policies that are actually harmful to those youth dealing with sexual confusion.”
The ACOP mailed a letter to all public school superintendents in the United States on April 1, alerting them to the new Web site. The letter, which is signed by ACOP president, Dr. Tom Benton, notes that, “Adolescents experience confusion about many things, including sexual orientation and gender identity, and they are particularly vulnerable to environmental influences.” The letter also emphasizes that schools have a “legitimate role to provide a safe environment for respectful self-expression for all students,” but cautions that “It is not the school’s role to diagnose or attempt to treat any student’s medical condition, and certainly not the school’s role to ‘affirm’ a student’s perceived personal sexual orientation.”
The Web site includes a downloadable fact sheet that addresses a number of topics, including facts about the development of “non-heterosexual attractions and gender confusion,” the school’s proper role in dealing with students who struggle with sexual orientation or gender confusion issues, and how schools can better assist families and students in dealing with these sensitive issues.
For other ways to counter the promotion of homosexuality in schools, see our previous story on the “Day of Truth” (which is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 this year).
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