DC Children’s Hospital Harassed for Trans Youth Services

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medical providers at Children’s National Hospital in Washington have become the latest targets of social media campaigns harassing U.S. hospitals over the treatments they provide for transgender youth.

In an audio recording posted Thursday by TikTok’s conservative Libs Twitter account, a Children’s National employee appears to say that the hospital offers gender-affirming hysterectomies to underage girls.

Since Thursday, the hospital has been the target of “a large number of hostile and threatening phone calls and emails,” a spokesperson said in a statement to The Associated Press.

The spokesperson also denied that the Children’s National performs hysterectomies on underage girls.

“None of the people who have been secretly recorded by this activist group are providing care to our patients,” they said. “The information in the recording is not accurate. We do not perform gender-affirming hysterectomies for people under the age of 18.”

In the recording, Chaya Raichik, the Brooklyn real estate saleswoman whom The Washington Post identified earlier this year as the Libs of TikTok leader, poses as the mother of a 16-year-old transgender boy seeking a gender-affirming hysterectomy.

“They’re clear,” a hospital worker told Raichik after asking his son’s age.

Later in the recording, another hospital worker tells Raichik that she has seen gender-affirming hysterectomies for children “younger than your child’s age.”

Comments on Twitter called hospital workers “fiends” and “healers” and called for them to be jailed or worse.

Earlier this month, doctors and staff at Boston Children’s Hospital said they received threats of violence after Libs of TikTok posted an excerpt from a hospital video about gender-affirming hysterectomies and claimed that the hospital offered the procedure “for young girls”.

Far-right social media accounts and news outlets have also targeted hospitals in Pittsburgh, Phoenix and other major cities for their gender care programs.


Harm Venhuizen is a member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to report on underreported issues. Follow Harm on Twitter.

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