New clinic for trans kids opens in St. Louis County, Mo.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. — Trans kids in the St. Louis area now have an option for medical services specifically for them.

From KDSK-TV in St. Louis:

Transgender kids in the St. Louis area now have somewhere to go for medical care and counseling. A transgender medical center opened Tuesday, and it’s the first of its kind in the region.

The medical facility is expected to help hundreds of children and their families throughout the region with comprehensive health care.

Kim Hutton’s 14-year-old son is a transgender teenager. She said it’s hurtful taking him for medical care when the staff doesn’t know how to properly refer to him.

“To see the pain on my child’s face when they called his old name, it’s heart breaking,” said Hutton.

She wants medical staff to know “how critically important it is to get the name right when the name has changed, or that your child doesn’t go in for medical care and is misgendered. It causes a lot of damage.”

Which is why she’s grateful that Washington University and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital Transgender Center of Excellence is now open.

The center is at North Outer 40 Road in Town and County in west St. Louis County. They see clients up to the age of 24.