Dads, especially, tell us the group is like medicine to them.” For Jessica, the Support and Social Group is Children’s Hospital doing what it does best.
“CHOP gets the ‘care’ part of healthcare and realizes it involves the whole family,” she says.
On air, local correspondent Randy Gyllenhaal highlighted the systemic discrimination transgender people face in housing and employment, which contributes to high rates of homelessness, sex work, and economic insecurity in the community.
His report included comments from city officials who condemned the crime and it was centered on the voices of transgender people and advocates, including a friend of Maya's.
In contrast, NBC Philadelphia did an exemplary job covering Maya's story in both its TV report and accompanying text.
The reports contextualized Maya's homicide as part of an escalating trend of violence against and murders of transgender people, especially trans people of color.
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Asked at a news briefing about concerns over Trump reversing the legislation, which was seen as a civil rights victory, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the president believes it's an issue for states to decide."All you have to do is look at what the president's view has been for a long time, that this is not something that the federal government should be involved in, that this is a states' rights issue," Spicer said.Hawkins, Ph D, MSEd, LPC, who left private practice in 2014 to help start the Gender & Sexuality Development Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, listened when parents talked about needing nonclinical support. Dowshen, MD, used a CHOP Cares Community Grant to fund monthly support groups for transgender children and teens in the greater Philadelphia area and their parents. ” During the first year of the groups, families identified another need: an additional group for siblings.With community partner the Mazzoni Center, CHOP welcomes dozens of children and youth who identify as gender variant, transgender or gender nonconforming and their families to the CHOP Support and Social Group for facilitated discussions and fun activities on the second Saturday morning of each month. But at the group, she sees other young girls like herself. In 2015, with funding from the Department of Patient and Family Services, a sibling group began.They’ll have lunch together and go to a park or museum.They have had other families over to their home for a play date and lunch. “They have told us the single most effective support is talking to other parents — not coming to clinic, not reading a book.She’s had nearly three years living as a girl, and while it hasn’t been without challenges, she’s thriving.” One thing was missing: a safe place where Zuri could talk about being transgender with other transgender children.