Medical Study Support for Our Children

For Immediate Release, Wednesday March 7, 2012

By Affirmation: United Methodists Co-spokesperson Tim Tennant-Jayne

The February 1, 2012 issue of Pediatrics: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics contains several articles on studies of suggested treatments with transgender children. Pediatrics is a peer-reviewed journal that is highly respected in this field. The authors looked at young children who consider themselves a different gender than what society considers them to be. It reviewed over a decade of work by physicians, therapists, and researchers affiliated with Children’s Hospital Boston, MA. The writers strongly urge medical professionals to take these children seriously and highlight the benefit of early medical intervention.

Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Concerns is pleased that this study confirms our attitude regarding gender nonconforming and transgender children, youth, and their families. We are also very pleased with the general acceptance and respect this study has found in the mainstream media. Most major news outlets have treated the publication of this information with the respect due medical studies. We hope many people will read and consider this material. We pray that more doctors and families will follow the example exemplified by Children’s Hospital.


As an independent voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer people, Affirmation: United Methodists radically reclaims the compassionate and transforming gospel of Jesus Christ by relentlessly pursuing full inclusion in the Church as we journey with the Spirit in creating God’s beloved community.


Affirmation: United Methodists for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Concerns is an activist, all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization with no official ties to The United Methodist Church.

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