Shining light on pseudo-science

An Arizona man who appears to be a parent of a transgender child has posted an essay at

The debate surrounding the Pima County Board of Supervisors resolution to ban paid conversion therapy seems to have been taken by some as an opportunity to question the legitimacy of transgender and gender non-binary identities as a whole.

These arguments generally use phony science, faulty statistical analysis and ill-informed personal conjecture to construct a transphobic false narrative under the tired guise of protecting children from liberal parenting and political correctness.

Commonly offered – and easy to find on the internet — are a number of studies from Michelle A. Cretella, M.D., President of the credibly-named American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds). ACPeds is actually a small, socially conservative political advocacy group promoting anti-LGBT propaganda, often by duping journalists into citing anecdotal “studies” published in ACPed’s own journals. ACPeds was founded in order to advocate against adoptions by same-sex parents and has been classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

--Chance Agrella

Agrella adds more...and important...comment, before concluding with:

Simply put, supporting intellectually disingenuous “science” provides fodder for politically motivated, dehumanizing arguments against the well being of our transgender and gender non-binary friends and neighbors. Providing gender nonconforming kids a safe, open, supported environment to express themselves clears a path to a healthy, productive future. Denying that path is literally life-threatening.




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