Seattle public schools offer free sex change services to students as young as 13 without telling parents

Offered services include referrals for hormone therapy and sex change surgeries.

Ari Hoffman Seattle WA
The largest public school district in Washington State is referring students in the district to free "gender-affirming care."

The Nova Wellness Center and the Meany Health Center offer "gender reaffirming care," including hormone-blocking medications and referrals for sex change surgeries, which are available to middle and high school students in Seattle Public Schools (SPS).

According to documents obtained by Parents Defending Education (PDE), the health centers are operated by Country Doctor Community Health Centers (CDCHC) which offers “no cost comprehensive, trauma-informed, and gender-affirming care, conveniently at the school.”

As stated on its website, CDCHC provides services to "transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse patients."

Services include “gender-affirming medications (estrogen, androgen blockers, testosterone, etc.) and injection techniques,” “hormone therapy for adolescents and specialty referrals for younger patients as needed,” and “referrals for gender-affirming surgeries.”

However, the center currently "does not provide puberty blockers” for "younger patients." That requires "specialty referrals."

According to SPS's “Gender-Inclusive Schools: Transgender and Gender-Expansive Student Rights and Supports,” district staff “should not disclose a student’s transgender or gender X status to others unless (1) legally required to do so or (2) the student has authorized disclosure.”

Additionally, when staff is “contacting the parents/guardians of a transgender or gender X student and it is unclear whether the student asserts the same gender identity at home, it is best practice to avoid using gender pronouns.”

Seattle Public Schools told The Post Millennial in a statement, "Community healthcare agencies independently operate School-Based Health Centers in spaces provided by Seattle Public Schools. Seattle Public Schools does not supervise or participate in the provision of health care services in these clinics." 

Last year, The Post Millennial revealed that the district saw an 853 percent increase in students that identify as non-binary in only three years.

In Washington State, such treatments can be given out to children without parental consent including for reproductive health, sexually transmitted diseases, substance use, gender dysphoria, gender-affirming care & more.

Washington’s Adolescent Behavioral Health Care Access Act, which the legislature voted into law in 2019, "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."

Snohomish School District officials told The Post Millennial in 2022, "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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