September 18 2022 BOSTON, Massachusetts – Two groups gathered outside of Boston Children’s Hospital on Sunday morning to demonstrate.
Group of roughly ten people gathered to speak up against gender affirming procedures and surgeries on youth at the hospital, organized by Canadian “Chris with Billboard”, an activist who is against LGBTQ gender-affirming care for youth.
A larger group of about a hundred people gathered to counter-protest across the street, trans youth rights demonstrators.
At one point the trans youth activists crossed the road to confront the protest group, Boston police officers pushed the group back, clearing the roadway, shoving some of the demonstrators along the way.
Large presence of officers, some of them in riot gear, were seen at the event.
After multiple videos went viral online, visibly upsetting some of the population, an anonymous bomb threat was called into Boston Children’s Hospital on August 30th, caller told a hospital operator, “There is a bomb on the way to the hospital, you better evacuate everybody, you sickos, ” according to records. Some anti-LGBTQ gender-affirming care for youth activists offered monetary reward to catch the bomb threat suspect.
A 37-year-old Catherine Leavy, of Westfield, Massachusetts, was arrested Thursday in connection with the threat.
Another bomb threat was called in on September 9th into the hospital.
Hospital staff say they have been a target of large amounts of hostile messages, phone calls and emails, including threats of violence.
According to Boston Children’s Hospital website: “For eligible teens and young adults who are ready to take the next step in their journey, Boston Children’s Center for Gender Surgery offers gender affirmation surgery services. Our interdisciplinary team includes specialists in plastic surgery, urology, endocrinology, nursing, gender management, and social work, who collaborate to provide a full suite of surgical options for transgender teens and young adults.”