Evening Ethics Discussion

Tue, December 11, 2012 @ 05:30 PM
School of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Medical Ethics
Research Administration Building Rm. #117 (1st fl. conference room)
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Linda Carr-Lee
James Tabery, PhD - Assistant Professor
Phillip Baese, MD - Assistant Professor
Clifford Rosky, JD - Associate Professor
Event Audience
Open to Public

The Evening Ethics discussion will address the "fear of the queer child"- the fear that children will develop homosexual desires, engage in homosexual acts, form homosexual relationships, deviate from traditional gender norms, and identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. For nearly one hundred years, this fear has been widely invoked by legal and medical authorities as a justification for a broad range of anti-LGBT policies and treatments. During the 1950s and 1960s, the fear played a role in supporting the diagnosis of homosexuality as a mental illness, and a variety of treatments to "cure" individuals of homosexual urges. Until recently, the protocols for the treatment of intersex children reflected sex-role stereotypes. Even today, the DSM-IV continues to classify "gender identity disorder of childhood" as a personality disorder. The following questions will be considered and discussed:
1. Is there any reliable evidence that exposing children to homosexuality and gender variance is detrimental to their psychological and social adjustment?
2. If a parent asks a healthcare worker to diagnose or treat a child's
homosexuality or gender variance, how should the healthcare worker navigate conflicts between parent and child?
3. How might the practices of medicine, social science, humanities and law work to minimize bias against homosexuality and gender variance, to ensure that children who are not heterosexual or gender conforming can be treated in an objective manner?
- Clifford J. Rosky JD, Associate Professor of Law, S. J. Quinney
College of Law, University of Utah
- Philip L. Baese MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry,
University of Utah School of Medicine.
- Padawer, Ruth (2012), "What's So Bad About a Boy Who Wants to Wear a Dress?", The New York Times.
- Rosky, Cliff (Forthcoming), "Fear of the Queer Child", Buffalo Law

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