Maurice Gattis discusses why gender-affirming care and chosen names are important in modern healthcare.

October 12, 2022

Social affirmation is important, especially for children who have begun to realize that their identity does not match the gender they were assigned at birth. Although it is not technically medical care, social affirmation is an important part of providing gender-affirming care. Maurice Gattis, Ph.D., an associate professor in the School of Social Work and senior advisor to the Queer Research and Advocacy Center (Q Collective) at Virginia Commonwealth University, explains why.