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Advocates Response to Recent Threats Against Boston Children’s Hospital’s Gender Multispecialty Service Program

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Diane Gould, President and CEO
Advocates
August 22, 2022

Currently, doctors and other staff who care for transgender youth at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) are facing a barrage of threats and harassment, fueled by a campaign targeting the hospital with false claims about its treatment of young transgender people. A recent statement from BCH's Gender Multispecialty Service Program (GeMS) states that they have been “the target of a large volume of hostile internet activity, phone calls, and harassing emails including threats of violence towards our clinicians and staff.” 

Boston Children’s Hospital established the nation’s first pediatric and adolescent transgender health program, Gender Multispecialty Service Program (GeMS), in 2007.  The program is committed to providing the highest level of individualized, safe, and affirmative care to gender-diverse and transgender individuals and their families. Such care is life-saving, and multiple studies have shown reductions in depression and suicidal ideation for those able to access this essential care.

At Advocates, our mission is to build communities in which every person has a full life, and there is social, economic, and health justice, a place for all of us to thrive, and opportunities for everyone to make a contribution.

We condemn these acts of hatred and violence and stand in solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual + community. We extend our strong support to our friends and colleagues at Boston Children’s Hospital, and to all members of the LGBTQIA+ community.