Doctor shuts down father for 'misgendering' 10-year-old in South Carolina medical school training video

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A series of training videos produced by the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) have emerged on social media in which staff are taught how to deal with various gender-related situations, such as parents not affirming their children and what to do if staff accidentally misgender a patient.

A thread of short videos was shared on Twitter by @ExposeDarkDeeds, and in one, a father arriving at MUSC with his 10-year-old male child has a moment of confusion while filling in the registration form, which doesn’t ask for the child’s sex but rather the child’s “gender identity.” The dad selects “male.”

The father explains to the doctor that his child keeps insisting he’s a girl and that “he doesn’t like boy stuff,” so they let him go by the name Sam which is gender-neutral. But the doctor dismisses the father’s input entirely.

“Can you tell me, do you feel like a boy, like a girl, like both, or neither?” The doctor asks the 10-year-old child.

When Sam replies definitively, “I am a girl,” the doctor asks how long Sam has known he’s a girl.

“I don’t know. But a long time,” is the response from the barely decade-old youth. The doctor then inquires about pronouns, and Sam unsurprisingly opts for “she.” The father is irrelevant throughout this whole process.

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