A children’s hospital in Colorado has decided it will no longer include M or F on patients’ wristbands to show their biological sex in order to accommodate those who might identify as transgender or nonbinary.
According to NBC’s Denver affiliate, Children’s Hospital Colorado’s decision to do so began with a “diversity task force.”
“We are seeing more and more patients who have diverse gender identities,” explained Dr. Natalie Nokoff who works at the hospital in Aurora. “I think that’s true of programs all across the United States.”
The hospital has said that its employees understand that it’s “not easy growing up with an expansive gender identity or expression,” and “believe gender-diverse children need a stable support system as they navigate their transition.”
While the markers will no longer appear on the wristbands, medical history will still be recorded, Nokoff said. She considers the biological markers unnecessary.
In praise of the change, a teenager named Ben who identifies as a “female to male” transgender person and has been going to the hospital for approximately two years, said gratefully, “It’s huge. Bigger than anything on this planet. Looking down and seeing that ‘F,’ I’m just like ‘No. That’s not right.”
The Denver-area hospital hosts a group called TRUE Center for Gender Diversity, which is described as a “safe space” and stands for “trust, understand, respect and emerge.”
On its website, The TRUE Center offer services such as hormone therapy, puberty blocking, consultations with therapists and referrals to support groups.
These practices are what Dr. Michelle Cretella, the president of the American College of Pediatricians, has described as “large-scale child abuse” within her field of pediatrics.
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Source: Christian Post