A respected medical organization is now taking pains to distance itself from claims that it backs transgender surgeries for young children. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a letter in the Wall Street Journal in which it disputed that it had previously surgical interventions for children who identify as transgender.
As The Daily Caller reports:
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) published a letter in The Wall Street Journal Sunday disputing claims that it had promoted cross-sex medical interventions for children who identify as transgender following a wave of public blowback.
The letter, written by AAP President Moira Szilagyi, claimed the “gender-affirming” approach the organization has promoted doesn’t actually push minors toward surgeries or other medical treatments and suggested the model actually discourages it. But the AAP endorsed the gender-affirming approach in a 2018 paper which promoted the integration of medical and mental health services for transgender youths and referred to any efforts to dissuade children from identifying as transgender as “conversion therapy,” noting efforts to make it illegal in various states.“Gender-affirming care” is often used as a euphemism for sex changes, and can include treatments ranging from social transition (using a new name and preferred pronouns to reflect one’s gender identity) to biomedical interventions to help someone present as the opposite sex.“Gender-affirming care can be lifesaving. It doesn’t push medical treatments or surgery; for the vast majority of children, it recommends the opposite,” Szilagyi wrote. “This care is nonjudgmental, includes families and allows questions and concerns to be raised in a supportive environment. This is what it means to ‘affirm’ a child or teen; it means destigmatizing gender variance and promoting a child’s self-worth.”