Children’s Hospital Colorado removed markers identifying patients’ gender from its wristbands to support children’s “unique gender identity,” Fox News reports.
The hospital said that its workers understand it is “not easy growing up with an expansive gender identity or expression,” and “believe[s] gender-diverse children need a stable support system as they navigate their transition.”
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— Children's Colorado (@ChildrensColo) September 20, 2018
“We are seeing more and more patients who have diverse gender identities,” Dr. Natalie Nokoff told KUSA. “I think that’s true of programs all across the United States.”
A patient named Ben said the change was “huge.”
It’s “bigger than anything on this planet. Looking down and seeing that ‘F,’ I’m just like ‘no. That’s not right,'” he said.
Ben is part of the hospital’s TRUE Center for Gender Diversity, which it describes as a “safe space.”