By Jonathon Van Maren
Twenty-seven-year-old Eli Erlick is something of a celebrity in the transgender community. A man identifying as a woman, he made the news at a young age for LGBT activism and has been featured in Buzzfeed, USA Today, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, CNN — and has been dubbed as being among “the new faces of feminism” by Teen Vogue.
One of his claims to fame is being the first “under 18 years old to be approved by his insurance company for sex reassignment surgery.” In addition to being a trans activist, Erlik is a PhD candidate at the University of California Santa Cruz. He is also likely a criminal.
On his social media, Erlick has promised to send prescription hormone pills to any American youth who request them and cannot access these drugs themselves.
According to Erlick (in a since deleted Instagram post): “If you need hormones, I’m working with a distribution network to get you access…Everything is free, no questions asked. We have hundreds of doses of testosterone, estradiol, and spironolactone available right now. All are prescribed by doctors and unused…DM me if you need HRT.” In short, Erlick is offering himself as a drug dealer to minors who believe themselves to be transgender—and it is illegal to mail prescription drugs across state lines.
According to one video, Erlick states that this has been his practice for some time: “Every month, for the past several years, I ordered a double dose of hormones and testosterone blockers. I save all the extra pills for my best friends, my closest lovers… I just hope these little pills can bring some joy into their lives.”
Erlick’s social media posts caught the attention of Daily Wire commentator Matt Walsh, who has filed formal complaints against Erlick for illegal drug distribution and consistently exposed Erlick’s claims of providing hormones to minors.