While dozens of Republican-led states are moving decisively to restrict or prohibit irreversible transgender surgeries, cross-sex hormones and puberty blockers, Alaska continues to spend public money to underwrite these devastating practices, both for adults and minors.

According to a new report from LifeSiteNews, 14 states have adopted laws to either ban or limit so-called “gender transitions” for minors in 2023. These states include Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and West Virginia.

Six other states are taking legislative or executive actions, some of which are tied up in court. Additionally, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas have already enacted laws or executive orders to restrict transgender procedures on minors.

Alaska, however, began paying for these interventions in 2021 when the Dunleavy administration decided to settle a federal court case with plaintiffs demanding that the state foot the bill through the Alaska Medicaid program – including Denali KidCare. At the time, state officials said the administration did not believe Alaska’s ban against publicly funded transgender interventions would hold up in federal court.

Powerful hormonal interventions that arrest or stunt natural puberty in gender-confused kids can lead to serious and life-altering medical side effects.

Alaska now has multiple medical entities that provide a litany of physiological, hormonal and behavioral “services” aimed at manipulating the outward appearance of gender-confused patients so they can attempt to pass as members off the opposite sex.

While no Alaska businesses advertise surgeries such as breast removal, or manipulation of sexual organs, the state does pay for these proceedures. Clinics, such as the Seattle Children’s Hospital, now advertise these services directly to Alaskans.

Anchorage’s Providence Hospital offers cross-sex hormones, while clinics like Full Spectrum Health in Anchorage and Chena Health in Fairbanks, openly market hormonal drugs to the LGBTQ community. Additionally, Psychology Today lists dozens of so-called “gender-affirming” psychologists and therapists who now operate in communities all across Alaska where they encourage and enable minors and adults to present as the opposite sex.

The Alaska Watchman recently asked the state Department of Health to release information on the number and type of transgender services Alaska has underwritten since 2021. That data will be published once available.

Nationally, roughly 300,000 adolescents are estimated to identify as “transgender,” according to a recent LifeSiteNews report. This includes tens of thousands of youth who have undergone transgender surgeries or drugs in recent years.

Powerful hormonal interventions that arrest or stunt natural puberty in gender-confused kids can lead to serious and life-altering medical side effects, including heart problems, reduced bone mass, interruption to natural brain development and permanent sterilization.

While “transitioning” minors is dangerous, it is also extremely profitable, as hospital officials acknowledged in a Daily Wire report last September. Genital surgery can bring in more than $25,000, while breast removal or additions can run between $3,000 and $10,000. Puberty blocking drugs cost roughly $1,200 each month.


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Alaska continues paying for transgender surgeries and drugs, while other states refuse

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.


  • Lobo says:

    “Alaska”.. You, and I, ..”Continue paying for this mental illness”. An infection spread by the public school system, and mentally confused “adults” ??? Where is our governor, and the legislative branches ?

  • Proud Alaskan says:

    The Dunleavy administration what a Joke. Are we a red state or not, who would vote for this rino
    he’s weak and afraid. What professional so called doctors would do this to another human being.
    Remember your a Man or Woman period. Please stop bowing down to this sick woke world we’re living in. We need to stand-up and fight this bs and yes we need to pray for these innocent mutilated children.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Criminal, barbaric child abuse. History indeed repeats as evidently we are now reverting back to child sacrifice practiced by ancient pagan religions stepped in darkness. I am ashamed our current state administration rolled over as they did rather than fight to protect children not mature enough to make such profound permanent life altering decisions. Those that ‘counsel’ youth to take this route are purveyors of evil, those that perform such mutilation are butchers.

  • Neil A DeWitt says:

    Here are three people head of me that write its the governor and legislation fault. Well let me tell you it all yours and Mines fault not the governor or legislation. We let these people be voted in some of us voted against but we collectively avoided this crap yo happen. Yes we are paying for it now. it’s just like the RINO’s ,we need to wipe them all out on next election.Are you in your district finding someone new to run right now? NO your sitting on your butt typing away. NOW is the time to find and build up that replacement so come election time again we have and know that person. It’s like when Obummer got elected. nobody ever heard of him and tgen he pulls two terms. What a scam. You notice how Trump has kept his name in front of us all? Smart man.Now as for the school system; what a joke. All this LGBTQ+ crap is so guys can have fresh meat. Yes tgat was harsh but it’s time someone stands up and says it. How is it Alaska has one of tge highest rates in child porn and schools are teaching it to kindergarten and up? Are you ok with that? It’s time parents for a revolt. It’s time to stop the schools from doing what we all know is wrong. This is a mental health thing not a confused child thing. I say this No child should be allowed any of this until they are 21 and can legally make tgeir own decisions.” now there’s the law that Juneau needs to put out and the governor signs. 21 no altering drugs no surgery no nothing until 21. Any doctor, hospital, or drugstore/ company caught cutting/ distributing go to prison for life. make the penalty high enough that it won’t happen. Now with that being said, permanent sterilization isn’t a bad thing because it will get rid of the sickness in a generation or two. In closing, who is calling there legislator Monday morning? Who’s starting to look and groom someone to replace the RINO’s? And finally I didn’t say it was ok to spend my money for these operations.

  • StopTheMadnesz says:

    -The bane of well-intentioned persons in political power!
    BLA is a weapon often used to cripple well-intentioned persons in political power (as distinct from politicians) who lack the guts and brains of men like DeSantis.
    “You can’t do that. The law says no.”
    “Yes, really.”
    “Darn, I thought I could.”
    “Nope, you can’t.”
    “Ok, I won’t.”

  • Friend of Humanity says:

    Here is a good movie to watch about things happening today.

  • Heavensmessenger says:

    Hateful, lie-filled posts like this make me wonder if this is the reason God gave his wife cancer. His way of warning Joel that he is on a sinful path.

    • Anon says:

      Satansmessenger …..You are a disgusting human being
      I only hope you are vaxed and fully boostered

    • OAPSkweeze says:

      What an evil, wicked thing to say! And you speak of sinful paths. Take the beam from your own eye, k?

      • Heavensmessenger says:

        The Lord sees your hatred and hypocrisy. Just a few posts above your buddies were calling for life in prison for doctors treating patients and forced sterilization of trans people. Where were you? God teaches whatever you do unto the least of us you do unto God. God teaches that what you give to the world will be payed back many times over.

        So its no surprise that God would start taking away Joel’s loved ones. His own words show his hearts true wish that lgbt trans people would stop existing. Sometimes ‘mysterious ways’ is just obvious.

      • Friend of Humanity says:

        “Heavensmessenger” NOT. You attack the messenger of the topic and not the topic itself. You want to do some good in your evil world then why don’t you go up against Mr. Davidson’s article by putting out one of your own that states your opinions and findings? You mean nothing to the people trying to save the children and help people understand that there is only a man and a woman. Put out your own article and show us how smart and evil you are.

    • CD says:

      Don’t even waste your time on this comment. Its just meant to get you riled up. It’s so laughable.

  • Sharon says:

    If transgender gets surgery that costs a fortune but they are not paying for it then why isn’t the state of Alaska paying for all surgeries? Why are they special? How can our state afford to do this??? Ohhh wait a minute let’s use the Alaska dividend!! Take from everyone for a small percentage

  • Shelia says:

    HB105 as originally written would have been a start towards stopping this evil, but nobody supported it. So now it is emasculated. And where is the push for the state to stop funding this crap? Are any legislators on board? The only noise heard in Juneau and nearly the only ones who showed up were the LGBTQ hateful. We are all responsible until we can get this stopped. Support the Project 1776 people as they have started the process of taking the school boards back, one seat at a time, for the whole country. It will be a long process, but well worth the fight.

  • DaveMaxwell says:
    Listen to my response at about the halfway point and you will see a firm authoritative response directed at our governor! Follow my lead and do it yourself!

    • Friend of Humanity says:

      Dave starts talking at about the 51:37 mark. Dave makes some excellent statements here. I am on the fence about not building a new Palmer library; however, the Palmer residents could use the Wasilla library. But, the Palmer City mayor said that it is up to the city of Palmer residents on that one. I do agree that we need get a hold of this run-away train and it does seem that the only way this will happen (at this rate) is to let things fall flat and build back up from the ruins, starting from scratch and not letting this happen again. WHY Gov. Dunleavy and AG Taylor have not gone after these people that are clearly breaking statutes and laws is a question that many are starting to ask out loud now.

  • CD says:

    From ‘Live Not By Lies,’
    “A Soviet born US physician told me [the author]-after I agreed not to use his name-that he never posts anything remotely controversial in social media, because he knows that the Human Resources Dept at his hospital monitors employee accounts for evidence of disloyalty to the progressive ‘diversity and inclusion‘ creed. That same doctor disclosed that social Justice ideology is forcing physicians like him to ignore their medical training and judgement when it comes to transgender health. He said it is not permissible within his institution to advise gender-dysphoric patients against treatments they desire, even when a physician believes it is not in that particular patient’s health interest.”