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Nike will celebrate Pride Month by hosting a panel discussion with a surgeon who said he performed “gender affirming mastectomies” on minors, a leaked email obtained by The Daily Wire reveals.
The email begins by stating, “This year’s theme is Together We Are Undeniable. The LGBTQIA+ community continues to fight for equality – their fight to be themselves.”
It goes on to explain that the theme “centers around determination; celebrating icons of the community and the progress we have and will continue to make in light of recent attacks and restrictions on the community and their allies.”
The Portland-based corporation will host a panel discussion with Dr. Blair Peters, a surgeon at the Oregon Health and Science University, who has admitted to performing “gender affirming mastectomies” on minors.
“Join the Human Rights Campaign, Portland Community Football Club’s Kaig Lightner, and OHSU Trans Health Program’s Dr. Blair Peters for a panel and Q&A to discuss policies impacting the transgender community,” the leaked email says, advertising the July 11 event.
In a now-deleted tweet from last year, Peters said he had “performed gender affirming mastectomies (top surgeries) for 3 young adults and adolescents” in one day.
Here he is bragging about it again. pic.twitter.com/4IhAAHOjPo
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) May 13, 2022
Peters makes another reference to performing sex change operations on minors in a video titled “Meet OHSU’s Dr. Blair Peters,” where he discusses the experiences that motivate him as a surgeon.
Peters, who self-identifies as “queer,” cites an example scenario, saying, “I have an adolescent patient who hasn’t been going to school … and they come back to clinic two months after top surgery … thriving all of the sudden.”
The Daily Wire previously revealed that the director of the gender clinic at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, which is affiliated with OHSU, received $3,114 from Endo Pharmaceuticals, the producer of a drug commonly used off-label as a puberty blocker.
But Nike’s panel discussion is just one of several events the company is hosting to commemorate Pride Month. The corporation is also hosting a “family friendly” drag story time on July 13. The event description reads, “Join us at our inaugural Pride Community Fair, spotlighting local queer, women, and minority-owned businesses.” It goes on to read, “You will have an opportunity to cultivate an undeniable sense of community and belonging with your Nike teammates through activations like … a family friendly Drag Story Time.”
Nike also encourages employees to “join the Pride Network as we spotlight the pioneering gender-inclusive ‘Kids One Fit’ apparel.” Attendees to this event will also “unpack the conversation of trans inclusion in sport with a special screening of ‘Changing the Game,’” a film promoting the presence of male athletes in women’s sports.
Meanwhile, the description of another event reads, “Join the PRIDE Network in a conversation … as we welcome environmental educator Isaias Hernandez … to explore queer ecology.” The email defines “queer ecology” as “a field of scientific study that disrupts conventional binaries to create solutions for the climate action and future of sport.”
Hernandez explains that he seeks to “help everyone educate themselves on the intersectional nature of the climate crisis” before adding, “As a queer and brown environmentalist, I believe a diversity of worldviews, backgrounds, and experiences are essential to achieve success in the environmental movement.”
In addition to hosting the event series, Nike has also pledged financial support to a number of “LGBTQIA+” organizations. “This year, through our Inclusive Community portfolio investment, Nike is supporting six organizations advancing the LGBTQIA+ community with a total of $600,000 in funding,” the email reads.
The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN) is one of the six organizations listed. GLSEN says the group works “to prompt LGBT cultural inclusion” in schools. GLSEN has produced an “LGBTQ History Coloring Book” for kids, as well as “inclusive curriculum” guides for elementary school teachers.
Nike also pledged financial support to Camp Lightbulb, an organization that hosts overnight camps for “LGBTQ+ youth” as young as 14.
The email is signed by Heidi O’Neill, the president of consumer and marketplace and the executive sponsor of the “PRIDE Network,” an affinity group for employees who identify as LGBT.
Nike did not immediately respond to a request for comment.