29 Jan Letter Urging Legislators to Oppose All Conversion Therapy Bans
(American College of Pediatricians) Over 70,000 health professionals oppose laws that require affirming children’s nontraditional gender identity without extensive assessment and exploration. Research suggests that affirmation increases persistence, sending children down a path of dangerous hormones and surgeries. Therapists must be allowed to investigate possible psychodynamic and social factors behind a discordant gender identity. Providing alternative ways to ease dysphoria in this context is not conversion therapy and must not be banned.