A California hospital executive and professor claimed children can identify as a mythology-inspired creature and claimed that this category of children love mermaids, according to a presentation reviewed by Fox News Digital.
Diane Ehrensaft, a self-identified “feminist” who supports a “gender revolution,” is the director of mental health and chief psychologist at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital gender development center. She is also a professor at UCSF School of Medicine. The developmental and clinical psychologist specializes in pediatric “gender-affirmative care for transgender and gender-expansive patients.”
Her biography paged reflected that Ehrensaft focuses her research on how genders before puberty develop as well as the mental health effects of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, which are part of chemical sex changes, on children.
Ehrensaft made what some may consider fringe claims about gender ideology, including that kids can identify as “gender hybrids” which include a mythology-inspired creature called a “gender Minotaur,” and that kids can change their genders by season and can have different identities depending on their location.
According to Britannica, a “Minotaur” is derived from Greek mythology and was a creature which had the body of a man and the head of a bull.
“I totally agree we are in the midst of a gender revolution and the children are leading it. And it’s a wonderful thing to see. And it’s also humbling to know [children] know more than we do about this topic of being gender expansive,” she said during a 2018 talk at the San Francisco Public Library.
Ehrensaft believes the transgender revolution is the next phase of the 60s feminist movement, which featured challenging stereotypes about gender.
“Now, we’ve got genders moving boulders, and it makes a lot of people nervous,” she said.
Ehrensaft believes that transgenderism is derived by a “gender web” which is influenced by culture, upbringing and nature.
“Each person’s web will change over time as they age,” the event’s description said. “What’s Your Gender? Don’t answer until you hear all your options… Ehrensaft wants you to get off the binary measurement scale.”
She introduced language such as “genderfluid,” “non-binary” and “gender expansive.” She then predicted the language will evolve beyond that, and cited her conversation with a 7-year-old as proof that there can be “gender minotaurs” and hybrids.
“And as you know, language is political. So what’s good today will be politically incorrect tomorrow. So we’ll just keep changing as we go,” said Ehrensaft. “This is a whole group of kids you all should know about.”
“A boy… twirled [in my office]… and said to me, ‘You see, I’m a Prius… I’m a boy in the front, and I’m a girl in the back.”
“I started meeting a whole bunch of other gender hybrids. And so we have the gender Prius, we have a gender Minotaur,” she said. “And most of the kids who are gender minotaurs love mermaids. So make sure you have a lot of mermaid books. If you really you think about it, it works.”
Fox News Digital reached out to Ehrensaft and the children’s hospital for comment but did not receive a response.