Trans clinic worker blows whistle about ‘appalling’ harm being done to children


A whistleblower speaks out after spending four years working at a trans children’s clinic, where she claims teens are prescribed harmful drugs they don’t know about, after being forced to transition because it’s considered to be trendy.

Jamie Reed worked at the Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital and was responsible for patient intake between 2018 and November 2022.

In an article for the free press today, she says she took the job with the intention of ‘saving’ trans children, but that she believes what is happening amounts to ‘permanent damage’ on young and vulnerable children.

After four years, she says she became convinced that the clinics were harming children and families, whose understanding of the realities of the medical side effects involved was frighteningly poor.

Jamie Reed worked at the Washington University Transgender Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital from 2018 to November 2022

Doctors acted as if they had more decision-making rights than parents, Reed says, and parental consent was only required in cases involving minors.

Reed cited examples of a girl’s birth canal allegedly being “opened” when she had sex while taking testosterone to transition into a man, not knowing that the drug would cause her to bleed heavily through her clothing if she did have sex. .

In other scenarios, he claims that teenage girls were terrified when their clits turned into micropenises while taking the drugs.

Some psychiatrically ‘disturbed’ children from juvenile detention centers also came forward because they had ‘at some point’ expressed an interest in changing their gender.

The doctors I worked with at the Transgender Center often said about the treatment of our patients, “We’re building the plane while we’re flying it.” No one should be a passenger on that type of plane.

Among those patients, according to Reed, was a boy who had been sexually abusing dogs.

‘Somewhere along the way, he expressed his desire to become a woman, which is why he ended up being seen at our center.

‘The way the American medical system is treating these patients is contrary to our promise to ‘do no harm.’

“Instead, we are permanently harming the vulnerable patients in our care…what is happening to scores of children is morally and medically appalling.”

She described seeing a sudden sharp spike in the number of young girls ‘demanding testosterone’, sometimes presenting themselves as ‘groups’ from the same schools.

Reed perceived a “lack of formal protocol” at the center, with doctors ignoring the fact that the girls lied about having other illnesses and prescribed hormones.

She revealed that for a young girl to start transitioning into a man, all she needed was to see a clinic-recommended therapist once or twice and get a letter of support for her decision.

That therapist often received a template for the letter the clinic wrote, according to Reed.

‘Often, our patients reported that they had disorders that no one believed they had.

‘We had patients who said they had Tourette syndrome (but they didn’t); who had tic disorders (but didn’t); that they had multiple personalities (but didn’t).

What is bicalutamide?

Bicalutamide works by blocking the effects of the male hormone androgen.

It is sold under the brand name Casodex.

The drug was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2008 as a treatment for prostate cancer.

It blocks receptors in the male reproductive and central nervous systems responsible for producing androgens.

The hormone helps promote the growth of prostate cancer cells, and cutting them off can stop the spread of the disease.

In recent years, the drug has also begun to be used off-label for transgender children and adolescents.

When used in this way, bicalutamide is sometimes called a “puberty blocker.”

By stopping the release of androgens in a young person, drugs can also prevent biological boys from becoming men.

Androgen is a key hormone during puberty that leads to a deep voice, Adam’s apple, facial and body hair, and the growth of the penis and testicles.

There are also similar blockers for women, which prevent breast development and other feminine characteristics.

The drugs were safe for use and had to go through a rigorous pre-approval process.

However, there is little information about its long-term physical and psychological effects when used in children.

The effects are not thought to be permanent, but it takes years for the body to return to previous levels of hormone secretion after stopping the drugs.

“Doctors privately recognized these false self-diagnoses as a manifestation of social contagion,” says Reed.

They even recognized that suicide has an element of social contagion. But when I said that groups of girls coming into our service seemed as if their gender issues might be a manifestation of social contagion, the doctors said that gender identity reflected something innate.

Reed said he was hesitant to raise his concerns because anyone who did was considered a “transphobic.”

She describes warning young women about the lasting physical effects of taking testosterone hormones, including sterility, but not understanding the seriousness of what they were doing.

“Adolescents are simply not capable of fully understanding what it means to make the decision to be infertile while still a minor,” she writes.

‘The center downplayed the negative consequences and emphasized the need for a transition. ‘

She lists an example of a boy who wanted to transition to a woman. Neither he nor his family ‘understood’ the severe effects of bicalutamide, from the prescription drugs he received.

Bicalumatide is predominantly used to treat prostate cancer and can cause liver toxicity, which is what happened in the case of this boy.

It is frequently prescribed as a trans feminizing drug.

In the case of this child, he ended up in the hospital. His parents threatened to sue, according to Reed, who had told colleagues that the boy was not ready for therapy because neither he nor his family fully understood the side effects of the drug.

Another teen who was taking testosterone to transition from female to male was unaware that the hormone caused her vaginal tissue to thin.

After they had sex, she began bleeding uncontrollably, soaking her jeans and a towel, before she had to go to the emergency room where she was sedated and had vaginal surgery.

“Clinics like the one I worked at are creating a whole cohort of children with atypical genitalia, and most of these adolescents haven’t even had sex yet.

‘They had no idea who they were going to be when they grew up. However, all it took to be permanently transformed was one or two brief conversations with a therapist,” Reed wrote.

It also included emails from concerned parents who withdrew their consent to medications and procedures, after their children became “layers” of themselves.

Who knows if it’s because of the hormone blockers or the other medications. I revoke my consent. I want the hormone blocker removed,’ wrote the mother.

Reed also describes a frightening lack of consultation with both parents.

She gives the example of a family where the father and mother were in the midst of a divorce and the mother was advocating that her 11-year-old daughter be given puberty blockers to allow her transition to being a man.

Reed said she found the mother “disruptive” and thought the child did not meet the initial criteria for transition when she interviewed them.

Weeks later, the mother returned to the clinic with a different set of answers to Reed’s questions, and her colleagues approved of the girl’s transition.

A judge then sided with the mother in court, allowing the boy to proceed, despite his father’s strong protest against it.

In 2019, Reed said he began to notice an increasing number of patients deciding not to transition or deciding to return to their previous gender.

She and her colleague began collecting information on those patients on the assumption that doctors would want to know about their change of heart.

“We thought clinicians would want to collect and understand this data to find out what was missing.

‘We were wrong. A doctor wondered aloud why he would spend time with someone who was no longer his patient.

She and her colleague started a ‘red flag list’ to keep track of children who had changed their minds.

The hospital did not respond to Reed’s allegations when contacted by

Reed transferred from the transgender center to a different department in November 2022.

She says that doctors at the hospital treat the issue of transition between adolescents as an “experiment.”

Experiments are supposed to be carefully designed. Hypotheses are supposed to be tested ethically.

‘The doctors I worked with at the Transgender Center often said about the treatment of our patients, ‘We’re building the plane while we’re flying it.’

‘No one should be a passenger on that kind of plane.’