from Gay Activism in the Schools
That booklet strongly advises schools to encourage students to wait until adulthood to make decisions about sexual identity. First, there is a serious risk of mislabeling the high percentage of youth who are questioning their sexual identity at that young age. Second, as research reveals, the teen years are a dangerous time to introduce young men to a high-risk environment.
NARTH also warns schools about a previous American Psychological Association coalition's mailing to them--a pamphlet called "Just the Facts," which omitted all the facts about risks, while warning schools not to refer students to counselors or ministries which support students who seek change.
NARTH's letter is as follows:
Dear School Superintendent:
A couple of years ago, you received a pamphlet called "Just the Facts" from a coalition which included the American Psychological Association.
You should be aware of the controversial nature of that pamphlet's message. "Just the Facts" warned you:
1) Not to inform students that therapy exists to diminish homosexuality;
2) And not to refer such students to counselors who will reflect their own family's deeply-held values.
Besides the problem of conflicting counselor-client values, NARTH believes the teen years are the wrong time to encourage our children to make high-risk decisions that require judgment, maturity, foresight, and self-control. What caring parent, teacher, or counselor would open the door for a minor child to engage in life-threatening behavior?
NARTH is a non-religiously affiliated group of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, family counselors, and educators who believe that such decisions about sexual identity should be made in adulthood--not in the teen years, and not in public school.
If you share our conviction, we invite you to read our own, enclosed pamphlet, "Homosexual Advocacy Groups and Your School."
Note to NARTH Members--
Please consider sending NARTH's pamphlet, "Homosexual Advocacy Groups and Your School," to your local school principal. Copies of NARTH's new pamphlet to are available for a suggested contribution of $5 each, but will be greatly discounted for bulk requests for distribution.