Last week, Gov. Mike Dunleavy met with a young woman who had her breasts surgically cut off at age 15 as part of her so-called “gender affirming care.”

Chloe Cole was in Alaska for several talks about the dangers of puberty blockers, testosterone and mutilating surgeries that are now routinely performed on gender-confused minors across the nation.

“It was an honor to meet with Chloe Cole,” Dunleavy posted on his Facebook page. “Chloe had surgery performed on her and was given puberty blockers and testosterone when she was a child questioning her identity – the solution her health care professionals advised her parents to choose.”

Dunleavy added that Cole’s trip to Alaska sought to “warn others of the dangers of falling prey to this pseudoscience that has lifelong debilitating impacts on children. She’s a brave young woman willing to share her story to help others.”

While the governor’s meeting with Cole was seen as a welcome first step by those seeking to end the practice of giving minors life-altering cross-sex drugs and permanently scarring surgeries, the fact remains that Alaska has an official policy of using state funds to pay for these procedures.

Alaska began paying for these interventions in 2021 when the Dunleavy administration decided to settle a federal court case with plaintiffs who demanded that the state foot the bill.

Cole embarked on her own devastating transition journey at age of 12, including puberty suppressants, cross sex hormones at 13, and a double mastectomy at 15, only to subsequently detransition at 16. She now travels the nation, speaking with firsthand authority on the deeply traumatic effects experienced by minors undergoing such treatments.

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.

Alaska began paying for these interventions in 2021 when the Dunleavy administration decided to settle a federal court case with plaintiffs who demanded 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 policy against publicly funded transgender interventions would hold up in federal court.

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.

While no Alaska businesses advertise surgeries such as breast removal, or manipulation of sexual organs, according to state policy, Alaska will pay for these procedures. 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, Identity and Full Spectrum Health in Anchorage, as well as Chena Health in Fairbanks, openly market hormonal cross-sex drugs to the LGBTQ community – including minors. 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.

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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Governor calls trans surgery ‘pseudoscience,’ but his administration continues to pay for it

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.