Harvard University has come under scrutiny after reports that it offers a course teaching students how to care for babies who identify as LGBTQ.

“This is not a joke,” a man says in a TikTok video with the label “Harvard med students learn how to care for LGBTQIA+ infants.” The TikTok video also was shared on Facebook, and the claim was amplified on that platform by conservative commentator Candace Owens

The man reads aloud a Jan. 11 story from a conservative blog called Hot Air that claims a Harvard Medical School elective teaches students about babies with various gender identities or sexual orientations. 

But the blog post, as well as several other stories from conservative news outlets, distorts the content of the course, which does not teach students that babies can identify as LGBTQ.

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram.

Harvard Medical School’s four-week course, titled “Caring for Patients with Diverse Sexual Orientations, Gender Identities, and Sex Development,” trains students to care for patients of all ages, according to its description. The class has been offered since 2016.

But when it comes to infants, the class teaches only about the physical development of babies who are born intersex, Dr. Alex Keuroghlian, the associate professor who teaches the class, told the Associated Press

Intersex is a general term used for a variety of physical conditions in which a person is born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit the typical definitions of female or male. The conditions may or may not be noticeable at birth. 

In a statement, Harvard Medical School said the claims “neglected to mention that some infants are born with variations in sex development.” 

The school’s statement said the course teaches about providing care for infants who have “physical variations in sex development that arise in utero and are present at birth. These include chromosomal, gonadal, and anatomical variations, all of which are relevant to medical care and treatment to ensure healthy development.”

Our ruling

A TikTok video claims that Harvard Medical School is teaching students how to care for infants who identify as LGTBQ.

It is not. When it comes to infants, the class teaches how to provide medical care for babies who are born intersex, meaning a reproductive or sexual anatomy that doesn’t fit typical definitions of female or male. Babies born intersex have physical variations in sex development that can arise in utero and are present at birth.

We rate this claim False.

Source link

You May Also Like

PolitiFact – Map does not prove Pennsylvania election was rigged

Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman beat Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz in…

Has a 2,000 Year Old Roman City Been Uncovered in Spain?

Researchers from the University of Zaragoza were investigating neglected ruins near Aragón,…

FACT FOCUS: Sorting papers and facts in an ex-bowling alley

At a rally for Nevada Republicans on Saturday, former President Donald Trump…

PolitiFact – Climate activist Greta Thunberg didn’t stage her recent detention in Germany, police say

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg made headlines this week when she was…

PolitiFact – No cause of death given for MMA fighter Victoria Lee

On Jan. 7, news broke that 18-year-old mixed martial arts fighter Victoria…

Were 10M Mail-In Ballots ‘Lost’ During California’s 2022 Midterms?

Claim: California “lost” over 10 million mail-in ballots in 2022. Rating: Context…