Boston Children’s Hospital is a nationally ranked children’s hospital located in Boston, United States. It is a freestanding acute care hospital. It has recently come to the news over a gender-affirming surgery procedure. Twitter page Libs of TikTok has widely shared videos reportedly from the hospital talking about the facilities of such surgeries in the hospital. Right-wing Twitter users have strongly criticized the hospital over these procedures.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke openly on this issue during the hearing of the House Oversight Committee. She called the stories fake and asked to report the concerned Twitter account for targeting the hospital and spreading lies.
What are Gender Affirming Surgeries?
It refers to the procedures that help people transition to their self-identified gender. These procedures may include facial surgery to change your facial appearance, top or bottom surgery depending on the need of the patient. According to some reports, people undergoing these surgeries observe improvement in mental health and quality of life.
Does Boston Children’s Hospital perform gender-affirming surgeries?
In many videos shared by Libs of TikTok, the hospital staff is seen telling people about the surgery, how to opt for it, who should go for it, the process, and side effects. Boston Children’s Hospital has not verified these videos or shown the full version of the clips.
Reportedly, these videos caused the subsequent fears of a bomb attack in the hospital. The reports caused an outrage and the hospital staff also had to increase security on the premises. During the House Oversight Committee’s hearing, AOC has addressed the issue. She talked about how all charges are proven false. She also reprimands Yoel Roth, former head of Trust & Safety at Twitter, for the Libbs account to still continue on Twitter.