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The American Academy of Pediatrics has released a new medical guideline supporting the surgical and hormonal transition of transgender children and adolescents.
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The left-leaning pediatricians association released on Monday a new policy statement on "ensuring comprehensive care" for transgender and gender-diverse children.
The statement was derived from the AAP Committee on the Psychosocial Aspects of Child and Family Health, Committee on Adolescence, and Section on ****, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Wellness.
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The policy statement, authored by Dr. Jason Rafferty (member of the AAP Section on ****, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health and Wellness), will be published in the October issue of AAP's journal Pediatrics.
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The document recommends a number of ways that pediatricians and parents can affirm the gender choice of patients who are struggling with gender dysphoria so that the risk of mental health problems and suicide is lessened through the provision of a welcoming environment and inclusivity.
The new guideline comes after a study released earlier this month found that 51 percent of female-to-male transgender individuals have attempted suicide.
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Included in the statement are suggestions that call for primary care doctors to do such things as installing gender-neutral bathrooms in their offices, putting up signs that show their office has a level of LGBT inclusivity and awareness and even recommends instituting "diversity training that encompasses sensitivity when caring for youth who identify as [transgender]" because it can be "helpful for educating clinical and administrative staff."
In addition, the guideline also supports puberty suppression — the use of chemical treatments to block the normal process of puberty in children. Although critics have warned about the permanent effects that puberty blocking treatment can have on a children and adolescents, such as sterilization, the document repeats a claim...
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