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2018-12-11 09:23:05

 

A fake medical group is lobbying Trump. It’s actually a hate group in disguise.

A hate group sent a letter to the Trump administration supporting its anti-transgender policies.

The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) picked a name that sounds like “American Academy of Pediatrics.” The difference is that the American Academy of Pediatrics is a professional association for doctors, while the American College of Pediatricians is an SPLC designated hate group.

ACPeds is so far outside the mainstream that they once claimed that the American Psychological Association was a “gay-affirming program” that “devalues self-restraint.”

The signers of the letter “applaud” the Trump administration for rescinding protections for transgender people. They claim that Trump effectively reinstated “sex-based legal protections” for women by attacking transgender equality.

The letter is full of pseudoscience and myths about transgender people. It cites other hate groups like the Alliance Defending Freedom and conservative tabloids like the Toronto Sun.

Related: New HRC guide on trans children by pediatricians busts myths, offers support

The letter argues that gender identity can be changed.

“Gender identity is an awareness of, and comfort level with, one’s physical body,” the letter states. “Gender identity may be factually correct or factually incorrect, and, unlike sex, may change.”

Usually transphobic screeds claim that gender identity cannot be changed and falsely accuse transgender activists of saying that it can be changed on a whim.

Perhaps this is because the letter is signed by organizations that support conversion therapy for sexual orientation and gender identity. The National Task Force for Therapeutic Equality is an organization devoted to promoting conversion therapy and its co-founders signed the letter.

ACPeds also promotes conversion therapy for gay, bi, and transgender people.

The letter states that the high suicide rate among transgender people as a reason to rescind supportive policies. Citing a Swedish study that found a high suicide rate among transgender people, the letter says, “Transgender affirmation does not prevent suicide.”

The study’s author has already denounced the “misuse” of her study, saying that it did not show that transitioning led to an increase in suicide but that “cultural oppression and outright hate” are the more likely culprits.

The letter is signed by the leaders of several religious organizations, as well as groups that promote anti-LGBT bias, like the Alliance Defending Freedom, Liberty Counsel, and the Catholic Medical Association.

Also of note is J. Michael Bailey’s signature. Bailey is a professor at Northwestern University who wrote the transphobic and pseudoscientific book The Man Who Would Be Queen.

For years, Bailey has responded to criticism by claiming that he was simply practicing science in order to promote “true acceptance of the transgendered [sic].” Putting his name next to the Alliance Defending Freedom’s in order to attack legal protections for LGBT people, though, suggests otherwise.

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