A self-described queer former counselor from St. Louis is blowing the whistle on the gender clinic she worked at for nearly four years in a bombshell report from the Free Press published Thursday.
In the Free Press report, 42-year-old Jamie Reed, a one-time Bernie Sanders supporter, pulls back the curtain on the controversial gender clinics — medical providers that facilitate so-called “gender affirming care.”
Gender clinics, Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital gender clinic, are the primary way minors access treatments like irreversible cross-sex hormones and procedures like double mastectomies.
According to Maine Department of Health and Human Services records obtained by the Maine Wire, such procedures are occurring with increasing frequency at medical facilities across the state, and many are paid for by taxpayers under MaineCare.
Gov. Janet Mills changed Maine’s MaineCare rules during her first term in office to allow for greater coverage of the procedures, which left-wing advocates for gender ideology claim are life-saving.
Several other states have already passed or are considering bans on sex-changes for minors.
In Maine, policy fights over gender ideology are playing out in nearly every school district.
In the Free Press story, Reed says she worked in 2018 as case manager at the Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. She initially agreed with the consensus among some medical providers that cross-sex hormones and other procedures were smart and ethical treatments to administer to minors.
However, in November of last year, she left the clinic, and her experiences have left her questioning whether the popular left-wing push for gender affirming care is ethical or in the best interest of children.
“I left the clinic in November of last year because I could no longer participate in what was happening there,” said Reed. “By the time I departed, I was certain that the way the American medical system is treating these patients is the opposite of the promise we make to “do no harm.” Instead, we are permanently harming the vulnerable patients in our care.”
“Almost everyone in my life advised me to keep my head down. But I cannot in good conscience do so,” she said. “Because what is happening to scores of children is far more important than my comfort. And what is happening to them is morally and medically appalling.”
Reed has documents to back up her concerns.
In email records, she shows how employees at the gender clinic debated the controversial treatments, exposing how many of the common procedures and drugs, like Bicalutamide, are often misrepresented in the public by advocates of gender ideology and profit-driven medical professionals. The emails also show parents and patients expressing shock at the unintended consequences of the treatments.
Read the full report here.