It was 2019 when Beth Rempe, then a nurse at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C., first noticed the change.
Doctors wore pins with the transgender flag. Children, many of whom had no history with gender dysphoria at all, were asked by nurses to provide their preferred pronouns. These were then entered into an electronic system and recorded on whiteboards outside the rooms. Most of the patients, particularly young girls, were taking cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers. According to slides taken from mandatory training, the top-ranked facility told staff that they could change gender depending on the “mood” of the person. Washington Free Beacon.
The training program, which was conducted as recently January, included an introduction to “zi/hir” and used “gender unicorns” to demonstrate the “spectrum of other gender(s).
By 2022, Rempe said, Children’s National was requiring staffers to use a patient’s preferred pronouns, no questions asked, even as European medical authorities were backing away from that practice, warning that on-demand gender affirmation could entrench dysphoria rather than reduce it, particularly in children. Rempe, worried that the policy was doing more harm than good to patients, asked for an exception, which…