Writer's opinions dangerous to kids

Writer's opinions dangerous to kids

I am appalled by The News-Gazette's decision to grant space in the Sept. 18 Commentary section to Joe Gerber's uninformed and misleading opinions about gender identity.

The kind of conversion therapy that Gerber preaches has no basis in science, is condemned as abusive and harmful by medical practitioners, and is in fact illegal in the state of Illinois.

Gerber has no professional training in medicine or psychology, and his suggestion that transgender children are merely "confused kids" betrays a shocking lack of knowledge and is offensive in the extreme.

Shame on you for legitimizing Gerber's dangerous, ideologically driven pseudoscience, even in the opinion pages.

RENEE TRILLING

Champaign