We appreciate your concerns about LGBTQ youth suicide rates. ACS shares that concern with you. We firmly believe ACS is the safest place for any student struggling with their sexuality, because at ACS they are surrounded by Christian staff, family, and friends who can walk with them through their messy struggles.
A recent study showed that “transgender and nonbinary youth (ages 13-24) who report having their pronouns respected by all or most of the people in their lives attempted suicide at half the rate of those who did not have their pronouns respected.” Think about Paul’s writing in 1 Corinthians 9:22 in reference to people’s identity and pronouns: “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” (CRCNA Biblical Theology of Human Sexuality).
Our policy does not support physical transitioning. Our hope is that by accommodating a non-physical (reversible) request like a name or pronoun change, we can maintain influence in these students’ lives and also keep them at ACS where we can continue to teach them truth with grace. As noted in the presentation, many youth “outgrow” this after puberty, and it’s our desire that in accommodating this non-physical request, we can see them through until they are either past these challenges or have accepted the work of the Holy Spirit into their lives.