Another organization is condemning National Geographic for ignoring the reality of transgender.
In a January 2017 special issue, the popular magazine addresses what it calls the "gender revolution" and features on its cover a young transgender boy who pretends to be a girl – in effect normalizing what is considered a mental disorder called "gender dysphoria." The editors explain that because "beliefs about gender are shifting rapidly and radically ... we're exploring the subject ... looking at it through the lens of science, social systems, and civilizations throughout history."
In response, the American Family Association – a Mississippi-based pro-family group – issued an Action Alert calling on people to sign a petition against the publication for "foist[ing] a lifestyle ... that the medical community identifies as unhealthy." The American College of Pediatricians has voiced similar concerns, stating that "a person's belief that he or she is something they are not is, at best, a sign of confused thinking."
In an interview with OneNewsNow, ACPeds president Dr. Michelle Cretella states that a male is a male and female is a female – and suggests that "if objective reality has nothing to do with mental health, then we may as well just throw out the entire field of psychology."
"How physicians, therapists, and psychologists can actually say that a child or an adult who believes something contrary to physical reality is mentally healthy? I mean, that's utterly frightening," she says.
According to Cretella, parents who accept their child's disorder as healthy are encouraging a dangerous situation for the child. "We're dealing with letting parents put their children on dangerous medications that are going to make them irreversibly sterile for a problem that is in the mind," she laments.
Psychological counseling, she continues, is highly effective in aligning a child or adult with their born gender – and adds that "... without any dangerous medications, without any irreversible surgeries, [the vast majority] will normalize to identify with biological reality before adulthood."
Cretella told LifeSiteNews that National Geographic, by featuring a young transgender child, is "promoting a political agenda over science and the wellbeing of innocent children."