Casey Weinstein

Right-wing social media attack targets Akron Children’s Hospital

Akron Children’s Hospital is the latest target of right-wing social media accounts targeting children’s hospitals across the country that provide gender-affirming care.

Last month, Boston Children’s Hospital, home to the first pediatric and adolescent transgender health program in the United States, became the primary target of far-right social media accounts, news outlets and bloggers.

Last week, federal authorities arrested and charged a Massachusetts woman accused of making a false bomb threat at Boston Children’s Hospital, where doctors and staff were harassed and threatened with violence because of its pediatric and adolescent transgender health program.

Gender-affirming medicine is an evolving field that involves consulting with health and social work professionals to provide care for transgender patients seeking characteristics more in line with their gender identity. This may include services such as puberty suppression, hormone treatment, mental health care coordination, well checks and preventative visits, education and supportive care for LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

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