The "Gender Card" is being distributed by local pediatricians to children in the Greater Seattle area.
The card has a section to fill out where the child can ask the doctor to call them by whatever name or pronoun they prefer. Additionally, multiple options for gender identity are given including "trans woman," "trans man," "agender," "non-binary," "genderqueer," "questioning" and even has a line to fill in if none of the others apply.
In Washington state, treatments can be given out to minors without parental consent including for: reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, substance use, gender dysphoria, gender affirming care & more.
However, the options for "man" and "woman" are listed last, after the other options.
Next, the card asked for the child to choose their "sex assigned at birth." Options included, "intersex," listed first followed by "female" and "male."
The card then has a selection regarding how the healthcare provider should discuss a minor’s body, followed by a description of the minor’s sexual partner’s genitals.
At the bottom of the section is an option for the child to select for the healthcare provider not to discuss the information with parents/guardians.
The cards were created by the "Q Card Project" which according to their website empowers "queer youth in healthcare." According to the groups Facebook page, the project was done in conjunction with Seattle Children’s Hospital and was designed to be a tool for "trans/non-binary/gender-diverse folks to advocate for themselves in healthcare."
The Q Card Project is charging $10-$250 for the Q Cards and Gender Cards.
Earlier this month, a Washington state father’s TikTok video went viral after he claimed that his son's high school in Snohomish County prescribed the teen anti-depressants without informing the parents.
According to a Washington state law known as The Adolescent Behavioral Health Care Access Act, which the legislature voted into law in 2019, the law "gives parents and providers more leverage in the treatment of a young person who does not want to or cannot independently seek medical help for a mental illness and/or substance use disorder."
When asked for comment, the Snohomish School District told The Post Millennial, "Snohomish County Human Services, Behavioral Health and Veterans Division offered an opportunity for Snohomish County public schools to participate in a school-based mental health services pilot program."
"At the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year the Snohomish School District began participation in this program for its high school students," they continued. "Through this program Snohomish County is able to provide post-pandemic mental health services for those in need. The intent of this program is to provide mental health supports for students struggling to find them. Through this partnership, districts such as Snohomish School District provide physical space for cognitive behavioral therapists to meet with individuals. Visits with these therapists are directly arranged by those individuals seeking support."
They added, "In Washington state, the age of medical consent is 13. That means that a person 13-17 years old can independently seek medical treatment, without the consent or knowledge of parents/guardians."
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