Facts About Youth (Facts) has received much welcomed attention since its launch. The response has been informative as well as inquisitive.
The purpose of this project, as clearly stated in the Facts letter to school superintendents, is to challenge misinformation contained within the brochure, Just the Facts about Sexual Development of Youth, issued to public school superintendents in the US in January 2008. This brochure makes scientific claims with a certainty that does not exist, and then persuades school officials to change school policy based on these claims. Thus, we have anchored the Facts project in what science can and cannot say about sexual attraction, sexual development, and sexual fluidity.
Produced by a coalition of professionals, Facts presents a science-based perspective concerning the development of non-heterosexual attractions among school-aged children. It is from an interest in the optimum health and well being of these children and adolescents that Facts operates. Its intent is to prevent their innocently wandering into a lifestyle that may not be of their choosing and that has been shown to carry serious health risks. For those older adolescents and adults who, after much personal reflection and without school encouragement or coercion, identify as homosexual, we offer no objection except to point out the health risks of this lifestyle.
The Facts coalition values the inherent human dignity of all individuals, the right to informed consent, and the right to individual self-determination. In clear and science-based writing, Facts has primarily (1) exposed the uncertainty of some of the claims of the Just the Facts coalition, and (2) identified the health risks of the homosexual lifestyle. No other professional site to our knowledge has taken on this important task. Emerging from a foundation of science, ethics and professionalism, Facts is interested only in the welfare and protection of children and their families.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently issued a statement on their website dismissing the Facts site, stating “Their campaign does not acknowledge the scientific and medical evidence regarding sexual orientation, sexual identity, sexual health, or effective education.” It is disappointing that the AAP has simply stated its unsupported opinion.
The Facts project provides more than 100 supporting references for its statements. We are committed to providing accurate scientific information and are committed to correcting any factual misrepresentations.
Posted: April 25, 2010