By Ophelia Garrett
Harvard Medical School has dived into controversy with an offered class on care for LGBTQ+ individuals. But what sets this class apart is the age span, this class covers from infancy to the elderly.
Harvard Medical School is now teaching a course titled, "Caring for Patients with Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, and Sex Development.” The description states that the course covers "Clinical exposure and education will focus on serving gender and sexual minority people across the lifespan, from infants to older adults,” implying infants (birth to 1 year) can have gender preferences.
This class partners with Massachusetts General Hospital, who offers a variety of transgender surgical procedures for individuals 18 and older as well as resources for transgender youth, such as referrals to LGBTQ support groups. The course also is partnering with the Boston Children's Hospital, which was in its own controversy last year for claiming children can know their gender identity prior to birth.
Nathanael Blake, an ethicist at the Ethics and Public Policy Center stated:
"Those experiencing psychological distress regarding their biological sex need to be treated with compassion, which does not mean subjecting them to dangerous chemical and surgical treatments to mold them into a facsimile of the opposite sex."
"Harvard medical students should be taught the basic scientific truth that a man cannot become a woman or vice versa." – Nathanael Blake