Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Duke Leads the Way

Recently I noticed Duke opened one of the few centers for gender-related disorders (in the Southeast),on July 15.

Hunter Schafer sketches in her art journal Wednesday at University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem where she is a junior. Hunter transitioned from male to female as a teenager with help from doctors at Duke. A new center for gender-related disorders, located within the Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center Child and Adolescent Gender Care facility, opened July 15.
Not surprisingly, parents like Mac and Katy Schafer of Raleigh say they don’t know what they would have done without the help they found at Duke. 

Their daughter Hunter, who transitioned from male to female as a teenager, needed hormone treatments, and without Duke there would have been nowhere else to go.

The center was founded by Deanna Adkins, the endocrinologist who treated Hunter. The Center for Child and Adolescent Gender Care, which opened in July, is the first of its kind in North Carolina.

The post goes on to mention the extremely high suicide transgender rate and the fact puberty blockers have been found to be reversible- to give a young trans person the chance to make a quality decision on a huge issue!
Read more here.

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