Kaiser Permanente’s Gender Affirming Training Sparks Concerns Among Conservatives
In a recent revelation, Kaiser Permanente’s mandatory “gender affirming care” staff training has stirred controversy among conservatives, shedding light on concerns about how young children are taught about gender identity. Documents obtained by Libs of TikTok reveal that the training pushed the idea of 3- and 4-year-old children identifying as transgender.
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An anonymous Kaiser Permanente employee, who fears potential job repercussions, came forward to share their apprehension regarding the training materials, expressing concerns that the training might inadvertently encourage medical interventions like mutilation and castration of children.
The training materials lay out several “learning objectives” for staff, including the need to “explain the importance of gender affirming care” and recognize “the experiences transgender, gender diverse and intersex patients face.”
Furthermore, employees are expected to grasp the “appropriate terms that allow for understanding and delivering of gender affirming care.”
As reported by Libs of TikTok, staff members were required to watch a 45-minute course titled “Transgender and Gender Diverse Care.” The training video emphasized that “Many transgender people have always known their true gender” and sought to convey that transgender individuals’ gender identities differ from their assigned genders at birth.
One of the featured testimonials in the video came from a young boy named “Rose,” who now identifies as a girl.
“I was born a boy, but I always knew that I was a girl,” shared Rose.
Rose’s father, Carl, revealed that Rose used to write letters to the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus, expressing the desire to become a girl.
Another child featured in the video was Ellie, who was born a boy but now identifies as a girl. Ellie’s mother shared her daughter’s declaration on her fourth birthday, saying, “Ellie told us on her fourth birthday that she was a girl in her heart and in her brain.”
According to the mother, Ellie responded, “No, I’m a princess girl,” when her mother referred to her as a “princess boy.”
A third person, Devon, a biological adult female who identifies as a “transgender man,” recounted her early aspirations by saying, “By age 3, I decided that I was going to grow up and be a father and marry Janet Jackson.”
Kaiser Permanente has responded to the controversy, stating that the training video does not endorse medical interventions on 3- and 4-year-old children. They clarified that the video simply features children discussing their understanding of gender identity and emphasizing that Kaiser Permanente does not provide hormone treatments or gender-affirming surgery to young children.
However, the hospital’s promotion of childhood transition remains questionable and disturbing, especially given that a former patient who was given a double mastectomy as a 13-year-old filed a lawsuit against the hospital among other clinicians and corporations involved in her transition for causing her irrevocable harm.
According to Chloe Cole, who is now de-transitioned, she was misdirected while she was young, confused and struggling with “complex mental health co-morbidities.”
As written in the lawsuit filed in the Superior Court of California in San Joaquin County, she “needed love, care, attention, and regular weekly psychotherapy, not cross-sex hormones, and mutilating surgery.”