The American College of Pediatricians Is an Anti-LGBT Group - 2017-05-08

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F0.png The American College of Pediatricians Is an Anti-LGBT Group May 8, 2017, Jack Turban, Psychology Today

Did you read this headline and think I was accusing The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) of opposing the LGBT community? That's the problem. A small anti-LGBT group called the "American College of Pediatricians (ACP)" created a name that is easily confused with the AAP, the largest pediatrics organization in the country.

It is disturbing that news organizations and physicians are citing the "ACP" as a reputable source. The ACP is a small group of physicians that left the AAP after the AAP released a 2002 policy statement explaining that gay pose no risk to adopted children. The Southern Poverty Law Center has repeatedly labeled the ACP as an anti-LGBT hate group that promotes false claims and misleading scientific reports. Chillingly, the group has moved beyond its online reports, deeper into the political arena. They have gone as far as filing amicus briefs to U.S. courts for major cases concerning LGBT rights. Their reports have gained traction, despite clear criticism from expert physicians in the field. When asked about the ACP, Dr. Scott Leibowitz, medical director of the THRIVE program at Nationwide Children's Hospital and chair of the and issues committee for the American Academy of Child & Adolescent , did not parse his words, "It can hardly be a credible medical organization when it consistently chooses to ignore science and the growing evidence base that clearly demonstrates the benefits of affirmative care with LGBT youth across all ages."

Below are a few false statements propagated by the ACP that have the potential to harm LGBT youth:

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