A Medical Response to Alberta Education’s Gender Diversity: Guidelines for Best Practices

Shared on www.parentchoice.ca with permission from the authors:

Blaine Achen, MD, FRCPS, FASE, Associate Clinical Professor Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, University of Alberta

Theodore K. Fenske, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, FACC, Clinical Professor of Medicine University of Alberta, Staff cardiologist CK Hui Heart Centre

The opinions offered in this publication by Dr Achen  and Dr Fenske are theirs and theirs alone and should not be construed to represent those of the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at the University of Alberta or the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta.

The Honourable Education Minister, David Eggen, has released a document entitled, “Guidelines for Best Practices: Creating Learning Environments that respect Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities and Gender Expressions.” While steps to ensure a safe and respectful environment for children, teens, and adults in our school system is both welcome and admirable, it is our position that this document is flawed both in the most basic assumptions it rests upon, and the conclusions thereby reached. From the social media flurry that has arisen in response to Mr. Eggen’s document, we understand that we’re not alone and that thousands of Albertans share these concerns, as well, and therefore we strongly urge that this document not be used to set policy for schools in Alberta….

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