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June 1993

Gay Teenagers

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50 E 77th St New York, NY 10021

Am J Dis Child. 1993;147(6):607. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1993.02160300013003

Sir.—I disagree with Fikar and KoslapPetraco1 regarding a pediatrician's duty toward adolescent patients. Certainly we owe them respect and support, as well as sensible advice regarding their sexual conduct. It is definitely not the place of a physician to validate and celebrate a child's sexual orientation or activity. The authors hurt the cause of gay teenagers by so recommending.

Pediatricians who strongly support traditional families and mores are neither "vicious" nor ignorant. They have a different opinion about morality, which is their prerogative. What they need to do is to keep moral judgments out of the patientcare setting. And so do Fikar and Koslap-Petraco.