A recently published study highlights a concerning rise in “sex change” surgeries performed in the United States. Irreversible “trans” procedures increased almost threefold between 2016 and 2019, with a substantial proportion involving young individuals seeking chest mutilation or reconstruction. The study was conducted by three medical doctors associated with Columbia University and the University of Southern California, and was published in the JAMA Network Open journal last week. 

In Alaska, there are multiple facilities offering “gender affirming care” including surgery. Chena Health, in Fairbanks, promotes hysterectomies (the removal of all or part of the uterus) and oophorectomies (the removal of one or both ovaries) as part of their transgender health regime. “If you are looking for someone to see your child for gender affirming care,” they state, “We would be honored to be part of their care team.

The overall number of health system encounters for gender identity disorder rose from 13,855 in 2016 to 38,470 in 2020.

Other Alaskan groups offering “gender affirming care” include Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center & Identity Health Clinic.

Around 48,000 individuals underwent these surgeries over the course of the five-year examination, with approximately 13,000 procedures conducted in 2019 before slightly dropping to 12,800 in 2020, likely due to the pandemic. Just over half of the patients fell within the age range of 19 to 30.

During the peak year, approximately 1,200 surgeries were performed on patients aged 18 and younger.

According to the study, “the overall number of health system encounters for gender identity disorder rose from 13,855 in 2016 to 38,470 in 2020.” Billing codes for gender dysphoria consistently increased in conjunction with surgical interventions, rising from 32.9% of billable diagnosed disorders in 2016 to 37.1% in 2019.

Further, 60.5% of individuals who underwent these procedures utilized private insurance, while 25.3% relied on Medicaid. The vast majority of patients (42,467 or 88.4%) underwent the surgeries at urban teaching hospitals, and it was noted that a disproportionate number of patients resided in the western United States (22,037 or 45.9%) and in the northeast (12,396 or 25.8 percent).

In Alaska, as reported by our friends at the Alaska Watchman, the Alaska Dept. of Health & Social Services has agreed to regulation changes, which now permit the state to access public funds to pay for surgery and hormones that alter a person’s appearance in order to make them look like a member of the opposite sex.

Alaska Family Council will be working with the Alaska Board of Medicine and others to end this malpractice in our state…

Backing Up What We Learned From Chloe Cole

As Alaskans learned from our recent visit with Chloe Cole, there is an obvious connection between what is happening in culture and the decisions being made by young people to forever change the trajectory of their lives. Additional research shows that the drastic increase in cases of gender dysphoria is likely caused by social contagion.

For a funny, acerbic, a bit profane and spot on monologue to put this in to perspective, watch this Bill Maher clip.

Gender-affirming procedures mutilate healthy bodies, promote dangerous lies, and cause irreversible damage such as infertility. Full stop. It’s time to put an end to this medical abuse and protect Alaskan children before it’s too late.

As our national allies at Family Policy Alliance and their “Help Not Harm” campaign put it, when a child is struggling to accept his or her biological sex, transgender activists will send that child a message to “be yourself.” In reality it’s a message that says:

“Be Yourself” EXCEPT…

CHANGE your body chemistry makeup.

CHANGE or amputate healthy body parts.

CHANGE your appearance with surgery.

In other words…CHANGE who you really are.

Alaska Family Council will be working with the Alaska Board of Medicine and others to end this malpractice in our state and we encourage you to stay informed and engaged. Truth will win out.

The views expressed here are those of the author.

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OPINION: The devastating rise in ‘sex change’ surgeries must be stopped

Jim Minnery
A lifelong Alaskan, Jim Minnery has served as the executive director of Alaska Family Council since its inception in 2006.


  • DC says:

    This is the new Planned Parenthood money making agenda…along with the major profit-focused healthcare corporations of America. We should not be surprised by this emphasis within our healthcare system, since it mandates reduced patient-to-primary healthcare physician in order to maximize patient billing. I’ve heard this first hand from my own civilian doctors and I know it happened when I was in the military.

  • Elizabeth Henry says:

    Without a doubt this is a grievous social contagion and one perpetrated and promoted by the transgender cult taking advantage of the insecurities and emotional malleability of young people. It is all evil and the word “sex change” is a complete oxymoron as what is being done is barbaric butchery that does not change anyone’s gender but only renders them maimed and scared for life. Despicable.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      Your a man your a man
      Your a woman your a woman
      No mater how many parts you take away or add, it’s sickening

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    When are you going to confront the governor Minnery?
    He pays for this wickedness! Quit pretending and playing games!

  • Clark says:

    It’s a GOOD thing that young trans kids can access this life-saving care sooner rather than later. The statistics show that 99.6% of trans people who transition live much happier and healthier lives.

    1200 youths legally received surgeries that their PARENTS allowed them to get. You people have NO business trying to interfere with parental rights here. How about you instead support removing guns from dangerous parents? More than TWICE as many children were killed by guns in these same years. Guess what…none of their parents approved of that…how about you make laws to stop THAT if you claim to want to protect children.

    • Proud Alaskan says:

      It’s those same stupid parents that let there kids get mutilated that needs there guns taking away
      But remember the second amendment we have rights. If your so afraid move to New Mexico, more stupidity

      • Lucinda says:

        PA. Not a convincing comment. It’s not just the fractured grammar, but the point. What is your point?

    • Master your mind, do the mutilate your body. says:

      Life saving care?

      Life saving care would be training the child in ways of mastering their mind, not the mutilation of their body.

    • DC says:

      CLARK…you seem to have missed the legislative actions of Sweden, Norway, Finland, New Zealand, and Australia opposing hormone blocking drugs and child sex surgery mutilations (they read the studies and concur with them). Studies from France and UK support this and moving in the same direction, as well as our nation’s leading child psychologists of the US (refer to recent US hearing from a 40 year child psychologist EXPERT testimony), where studies show irreversible damage and deaths from surgeries and increases in suicide due to significant reversed hormone imbalances and side effects. The clear evidence refuting your comments is so wide and deep that it makes your post only reveal your ignorance and failure to investigate clinical research. You are so horribly and dangerously misinformed of the facts and misinforming others who listen to the vomit you write.

  • DaveMaxwell says:

    Why the silence mr Minnery?