Maine school board member says children’s gender identities should be kept secret from parents 'even if there are safety concerns'

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A newly uncovered video has revealed that a Maine school board member supports keeping the gender identities of students a secret from parents “even if there are safety concerns.”

Chris McLaughlin is a school board member in Hermon, a town just outside of Bangor, Maine, and also serves as a social worker. 

“Even if there are safety issues present, which as many folks know, the behavioral health outcomes for this population is pretty scary at times, even if those safety issues are present, it would not ever be appropriate for me to out that youth to their caregivers without their consent,” he added.

According to McLaughlin’s biography on the University of Maine’s website, his alma mater and where he now works as an adjunct professor, McLaughlin is the Associate Vice President of Community and Pediatric Services at Northern Light Acadia Hospital in Bangor, Maine.

“Chris has spent the last 20 years providing behavioral health services to youth and families across a variety of clinical settings including treatment foster care, residential treatment facilities, public schools, private practice, and community-based case management programs,” his biography reads.

McLaughlin also serves on the Maine Board of Social Work Licensing and is a member of both the National Association of Social Workers and the Society for Social Work Leadership in Health Care, where he serves as Maine Chapter President.

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