Hobbs publicly supported sex change surgeries for minors and in March condemned Republican Governor Doug Ducey for signing legislation blocking biological males from competing in female sports leagues and banning sex change surgeries for minors. Hobbs hopes to replace Ducey who is term-limited but is currently trailing Republican Kari Lake in the latest polls.
According to The Daily Wire, Hobbs’ husband Patrick Goodman is a psychiatrist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and specializes “in serving youth and families affected by trauma and grief.”
Documents obtained by the outlet list Goodman as a provider in the hospital’s “gender support program” serving “gender diverse” and transgender youth.
The hospital’s website states that Goodman takes a gender-affirming approach to the treatment of children diagnosed with gender dysphoria or who identify as a sex different from their biological sex.
“Every child has a different way of expressing gender and some may express themselves in ways that are different from what we expect. Many gender-expansive children are comfortable with the sex they were assigned at birth. However, there are times when a child may assert a gender identity that is different from, or not consistent with, the sex they were assigned at birth. They may also say they’re not comfortable with their physical sex characteristics," the hospital's site reads.
Phoenix Children’s lists three categories of gender-confused youth. Gender-questioning youth who “are exploring and discovering their gender identities,” gender-expansive youth who “express a wider, more flexible range of gender identity and/or expression than typically associated with their sex assigned at birth,” and transgender youth “children and youth whose gender identity is different from their sex assigned at birth.”
The hospital was indirectly involved in a lawsuit brought against Arizona on behalf of three transgender children in 2020 when the children’s guardians sued the state to change the birth certificate of each child to reflect the gender they now identified as, rather than their sex at birth. People are allowed to change their birth certificates in Arizona only after undergoing a sex change operation.
Goodman was named as a therapist to a 10-year-old trans-identified girl involved in the lawsuit, identified in court documents only as Jane Doe.
The documents obtained by the outlet stated that Goodman was identified as a potential witness in the case and was expected to testify regarding the child’s treatment in relation to Jane Doe’s request for a preliminary injunction to force the state to change the child’s birth certificate before the start of the school year.
According to court documents, Goodman’s patient began “expressing” as a girl at “two-and-a-half years old.”
“Jane’s parents initially thought this was a phase, but Jane persisted. Eventually, they brought her to a child psychologist specializing in care for young children with some prior experience with transgender youth, Dr. Beth Onufrak. Dr. Onufrak evaluated Jane over several sessions and concluded that Jane would meet the diagnostic criteria for gender dysphoria.”
The court filing stated, “Patrick Goodman is a therapist at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Jane Doe’s mental health provider. He is expected to testify regarding his mental health treatment of Jane Doe’s gender dysphoria and opinion regarding Jane’s health and well-being absent injunctive relief.” The case is still ongoing and it is unclear if Goodman has testified yet.
According to court documents obtained by the Daily Wire, before Doe began second grade, Doe’s parents requested that the school allow their child to attend as a girl, which the institution agreed to, however, the child was bullied and teased. After several years, Doe’s parents attempted to enroll their child in a new school, but the new institution would not “…enroll Jane as female without a corrected birth certificate.”
Due to Doe’s age, the parents did not seek medical treatment and under the legislation that Ducey signed into law this year, Doe cannot legally have sex-reassignment surgery until 18.
According to the lawsuit, “Without a corrected birth certificate, Jane will be required to reveal that she is transgender to this new school. That will prevent her from safely moving to another school where she is free from pervasive harassment and bullying that prevent her from learning and cause her further significant emotional harm. Jane’s parents seek to correct the sex listed on Jane’s birth certificate so that she can enroll in a new school before having to return in person to her current school but are prevented from doing so because of Arizona’s surgical requirement.”
The case remains ongoing.
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