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Children's Hospital Drops Male/Female Wristbands, Not 'Gender Inclusive'

Dropping gender marking wristbands to support children's 'unique gender identify'

By: Jacky Murphy  |@NeonNettle
 on 25th September 2018 @ 7.45pm
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Dropping gender marking wristbands to support children's 'unique gender identify'

Children's Colorado hospital has dropped marking gender on patients wristbands as they are no longer 'gender inclusive.'

The decision to drop gender marking wristbands is part of an effort to support children's "unique gender identity."

Staff at the hospital say "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."

The idea to drop gender markers was launched on Sept. 20 after the hospital began its 'gender diversity task force,' KUSA reported last week.

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Fox reports: "We are seeing more and more patients who have diverse gender identities," Dr. Natalie Nokoff, of the hospital, told the news outlet. "I think that's true of programs all across the United States."

One patient, a teenager named Ben, said the change is "huge" for him, as he's been going to the hospital for roughly two years and identifies as a female to male transgender person.

 

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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 a group of around 800 patients at the hospital's TRUE Center for Gender Diversity, which stands for trust, understand, respect and emerge. The hospital described the group as a "safe space."

While gender will be omitted from wristbands, Dr. Nokoff said patients' medical history will still be recorded.

READ MORE: California School District Bans Parents Pulling Children from Transgender Class

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