Children’s National Hospital has become the target of threatening phone calls, emails and social media posts after a widely read far-right Twitter account known as Libs of TikTok posted an incorrect report claiming that the hospital regularly performs hysterectomies on transgender patients under the age of 18. .
Libs of TikTok founder Chaya Raichik included in her Aug. 25 post audio recordings of two telephone operators at Children’s National Hospital who the hospital says falsely claimed that a trans boy as young that 16 years old would be eligible for a hysterectomy.
“We do not and have never provided gender-affirming surgery to anyone under the age of 18,” according to an email the hospital’s media office sent to The Washington Blade. “In fact, in DC, you cannot perform a hysterectomy on a minor without a court order,” the statement read.
“We do not provide hormone therapy to children before the onset of puberty,” the statement continued. “Care is individualized for each patent and always involves families making decisions in coordination with a team of highly trained pediatricians,” he says.
“None of the people secretly registered by this activist group are providing care to our patients,” the statement said. “The information in the recording is not accurate. To reiterate, we do not and have never performed gender-affirming hysterectomies on underage girls,” he says.
The statement added: “Since the spread of false information on Twitter, we have been the target of a large number of hostile phone calls, messages and emails on social media.”
The Washington Post reported that the harassment suffered by the hospital included social media posts suggesting it was bombed and its doctors put in a shredder.
According to the National Children’s Hospital statement; “Children’s National Hospital is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all and to serving our LGBTQ+ patients and families in all of their care.”
Harassing threats, calls and emails were made to Boston Children’s Hospital earlier this month over what the hospital says are similar false claims on social media that it performed hysterectomies on young transgender people. under 18 years old.
Libs of TikTok, which often promoted “groomer” talk that falsely linked teachers and LGBTQ parents to pedophilia, began making a variety of false claims about Boston Children’s Hospital. One allegation included the lie that the hospital offered gender-affirming hysterectomies to children under 18.
Reporter Martha Bebinger of Boston’s NPR news station WBUR noted that the campaign began last week with criticism of a video posted on the hospital’s website about hysterectomies. Several conservative social media accounts shared posts about the video on Twitter. The hospital performs hysterectomies on patients 18 and older, but not on children, as some posts claim.
“We condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms and reject the false narratives on which they are based,” Boston Children’s Hospital said in a statement. “We are working with law enforcement to protect our clinicians, staff, patients, families and the wider Boston Children’s Hospital community and hold violators accountable,” the statement added.
For more than two years, Brooklyn real estate agent and fanatical follower of far-right extremist ideology, Chaya Raichik, has been wreaking havoc through her “Libs of Tik Tok” social media accounts, attacking LGBTQ+ people in with particular emphasis on spreading lies and propaganda. on transgender people.
When Raichik attacked Boston Children’s Hospital, spreading lies and falsehoods about the healthcare facility’s treatment of trans youth. His “call to arms” was later joined by conservative journalist and anti-LGBTQ activist Christopher Rufo and The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh, a vocal anti-trans pundit.
The resulting chaos, including death threats against clinicians and staff at Boston Children’s Hospital, was acknowledged by a Boston Police Department spokesperson who told the Blade that officials had tightened security to increase the hospital’s efforts to protect its staff and that an investigation had been launched.
The US Department of Justice has also launched an investigation into the threats, according to an announcement by US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Rachael Rollins.
In a lengthy statement released by GLAAD, the organization wrote:
“Libs of TikTok is synonymous with the malicious targeting of LGBTQ organizations, individuals and allies by posting lies, misinformation and blatant hatred,” a GLAAD spokesperson said. “Meta and Twitter continue to profit from accounts like Libs of TikTok as doctors and staff at Boston Children’s Hospital and other transgender healthcare providers receive death threats and harassment. hate. These companies are complicit in hosting content that expresses malicious lies and incites anti-LGBTQ hatred. This is the latest in a long line of egregious inaction from content platforms that directly leads to the recent increase in real-world violence and harassment faced by LGBTQ people.