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Providing Personal Care for Seattle's Transgender Youth

Providing Personal Care for Seattle's Transgender Youth

Although he was assigned as a female at birth, Jay Simmons has always identified as male. But getting the care he needs as an adolescent is a challenge. Seattle Children's Gender Clinic offers gender-affirming care to adolescents under 21. Now, Jay is a patient at the clinic and is receiving personalized care. He and Lara Hayden, the Gender Clinic program manager and care navigator, discussed the intricacies of gender-affirming care and the many challenges facing transgender youth.

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