Gays Blast ‘Pediatrician’ Group for Ex-Gay Mailer to Schools
Gay rights activists are blasting the American College of Pediatricians as an anti-gay group masquerading as a professional organization. The group says it sent a letter last week to more than 14-thousand school district superintendents across the country, directing them to a website called “Facts About Youth.”
Timothy Kincaid is a blogger for the website Box Turtle Bulletin. He says the site is misleading, NOT factual.
Kincaid: “What they really want – it’s really a matter of trying to convince the culture that gay people don’t have to be gay, that being gay is bad for both them and the culture around them, and that really, society should discourage, rather than accept, gay people.”
Some of the “Facts” on the “Facts About Youth” website include: “Declaring and validating a student’s same-sex attraction during the adolescent years is premature and may be personally harmful” — and “Sexual reorientation therapy has proven effective for those with unwanted homosexual attractions.”
American College of Pediatricians President Tom Benton said his group does not support sending teens to ex-gay therapy, but they want to make parents aware that such therapy out there.
Benton: “We want educators as well as teenagers to know that they are not stuck. So if a teenager thinks that they are homosexual, and then at some future point thinks ‘I don’t really want to be a homosexual’ then we want them to know that there is the potential that they can get help.”
Box Turtle Bulletin’s Kincaid points out that while the group’s board IS made up of actual pediatricians, five of the seven members of its Pediatric Psychosocial Development Committee have been associated with the notoriously anti-gay ex-gay group ‘NARTH.’
Benton said his organization “Stands for scientifically accurate information.”