Dear School Official:
On or about April 13, 2010, you may have received a letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) criticizing the Facts About Youth (Facts) project and our informational mailing to school superintendents on March 31 announcing the project. We regret the confusion this AAP letter may have caused. The following explanation will clarify the matter:
- The American College of Pediatricians (the College) is a national professional medical organization of pediatricians with representation in 47 states in the US and 5 countries.
- The AAP letter accuses the Facts site of not providing “scientific and medical evidence regarding sexual orientation.” They make this claim even though there are more than one hundred references supporting the statements on the site. On the other hand, the Just the Facts brochure authored by the AAP and other organizations provides no references or research to support its extreme claims.
- In their letter, the AAP states that you “may have been misled by this . . . similarly-named organization.” We know that you recognize the differences, not only in name but also in the science-based approach the College has taken in developing its position on this issue of great importance to the health of youth in our schools (and beyond).
- The Facts coalition stands solidly behind the content of the project. The scientific support for the information about sexual development enumerated on the Facts website is clear for all to see.
Thank you for your dedication to the teaching of our youth. We salute your efforts and pledge to assist you in any way we can. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Tom Benton, MD, FCP
President, American College of Pediatricians