Cincinnati Children’s Hospital teaches its doctors to actively seek for reasons to refer toddlers to its transgender clinic, according to a video from a recent training and recruiting seminar there.
The video was uncovered by Scarlett Johnson, a mother of five and social media influencer.
“MDs trained to identify 3 yr. old patients for a transgender clinic,” she wrote in her post. “Internal training/recruiting seminar hosted by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, which donated to @GovMikeDeWine and lobbied him to veto a transgender surgery ban for minors.”
“Follow the money,” she quipped.
The trainer in the video categorizes children as “young,” “school-aged,” “tweens” and “adolescent young adult patients.” Next, she tells doctors to seek out “young children” for referral to the hospital’s transgender clinic during the patient’s annual checkup.
She instructs doctors performing a child’s annual checkup to ask parents questions such as:
- “Do you have any questions or concerns about your child’s gender?”
- “Is the patient struggling with it?”
- “Is the caregiver struggling? Do all the caregivers agree how to handle the problem?”
“So, for example,” the trainer continues, “if you have a patient who is assigned male at birth, who wants to wear a tutu and go to dance class, do mom and dad, or do mom and grandma, whoever’s raising the child, do they agree about how they’re going to move forward with this?”
After finding even the most benign reason for referral, she instructs the doctors to tell the caregivers about the hospital’s transgender clinic and ask if they’d like a referral. Even if the caregivers refuse, she says doctors should be persistent.
“And, if they say no, we want you to offer resources and ‘gender-focused’ therapy,” she says.
She explains that if the caregiver agrees to a referral, the clinic regularly sees patients as young as 3 or 4 years old.
Transgender therapy and treatments for minors became a hot-button issue nationally last summer, when Libs of TikTok exposed Boston Children’s Hospital for performing sex-change operations on minors, in some cases without parental consent.
Since the Libs of TikTok report, more than 20 states have enacted laws prohibiting or even banning such procedures for minors, and several hospitals have discontinued the practice.
But other states have continued or even increased their efforts to offer the controversial treatments.
In Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine recently vetoed a bill that would have banned sex-change surgeries and treatments on minors – although he followed that with an executive order banning just the surgeries.
More recently, the Ohio House on Wednesday overrode DeWine’s veto of the legislature’s bill, which would also protect female athletes from competing with biological males. The Senate is scheduled to vote on overriding the veto Jan. 24.