Considered to be one of the top ranked children’s hospitals in Oregon, the Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, which is located in Portland, has caused a wave of backlash after they promoted their “Gender Clinic”. What exactly is a gender clinic? According to the hospital, it offers advice to boys about “safe tucking” their genitals for a more flat and flattering look. They also present referrals to a “sex-positive shop in Portland”. 

The resource that is handed out for boys hoping to “tuck”, stated, “Safe tucking. What is tucking? Tucking is moving the penis, testicles, or both out of the way. This makes the genital area look smoother and flatter. Tucking can reduce any concerns you have about your body, how your clothes fit and how safe you feel in public. People of all genders can tuck. There are several different methods of tucking. The information below helps you tuck in ways that are safe for your body.” It added, “It is best to tuck for the first time when you are planning to be at home. This keeps you from stressing about having to get it right the first time. It is also easier to learn what your body needs to be comfortable when you tuck. Choose a method that feels comfortable to you. “

On top of the free advice, the hospital for children warned, “This information uses the words “penis,” “scrotum,” and “testicles.” We know you may not use those terms or identify with them. We use them here to refer to body parts that people with tucking needs have, while understanding those words are not for everyone.”

For those who might not know exactly how to tuck, the pamphlet explained, “There are two main ways to tuck: with tape and without. You might find that simply wearing tight underwear smooths things out enough. Or you might want to use tape for as smooth a look as possible.”

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While unsettling, the clinic also offered to teach how to put one’s testicles inside their body. To do this, a person needed to place the testicles “into the inguinal canals. This can feel strange at first, possibly even uncomfortable. You should not feel faint or nauseated or have extreme pain. If you do, take a break and try again later.”