Over the past weekend, The New York Times reported that the federal government is attempting to push forward a memo that would effectively erase legal protections and existence of transgender individuals. The memo would look to define sex as either male or female, unchangeable and only be determined on a ”biological basis” related to chromosomes and perceived genitalia at the time of birth. This definition denies transgender and intersex people their existence within our society and denies that gender and sex are not binary and are based on a multitude of factors regardless of someone’s chromosomes or genitalia.
To each of our patients and all of our transgender and gender expansive community members, please know that the UVM Children’s Hospital Transgender Youth Program stands in support with you. The Transgender Youth Program is founded in creating a place of acceptance, education and support for each of our patients and their families. While we cannot predict the future, we commit to continuing to provide supportive and excellent care to our transgender youth.
The Transgender Youth Program will continue to work with the youth of Vermont and northern New York to assist them with social, medical and legal transition. Each individual patient is important and their story is unique and valid. We will always work to assist our youth to live their authentic lives and thrive in our community. For more information about the Transgender Youth Program and the services that we offer, please visit our webpage.
We are also committed to making sure that your voices, your personhood and the brightness that you bring to this world will not be erased. You are important, you are valued, and you will not be erased.
We understand that this federal government memo and other political actions have negatively impacted and continue to impact our community. If you are experiencing crisis, please call The Trevor Project’s lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or visit their website to connect through other forms of media (text, chat room, social networking).
Our friends at Outright Vermont are also providing great care for transgender youth and their families. They can be reached by phone at 802-865-9677 if you need support or want to talk. You can also attend their Trans Group (for youth ages 13-22) on Tuesday, October 30 at 4:30pm, or TransParent Group, for caregivers of trans and gender-expansive youth, on Monday, November 5 from 6:30-8pm. Visit their website for more details.
If you are looking for a way to become involved, consider joining our Patient and Family Advisory Committee to continue to make changes to support transgender patients throughout UVM Medical Center and the UVM Children’s Hospital. Contact Charlotte Safran at firstname.lastname@example.org further detail and to get involved.