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Katie Hobbs’ Husband Helps Kids Transition Genders at Phoenix Children’s Hospital

November 4, 2022

By Corinne Murdock |

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Katie Hobbs’ husband, Patrick Goodman, serves as a counselor for Phoenix Children’s Hospital’s (PCH) Gender Support Program (GSP).

As AZ Free News reported in August, PCH’s program provides the only comprehensive “gender-affirming care” via transition in the state. After widespread reporting of the program, PCH removed much of the content related to its programs and services from its website.

Goodman and his colleagues within the GSP consult with children for the application of puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones. Goodman also testified in an ongoing lawsuit to force the state to issue corrective birth certificates based on gender identity, filed by several transgender children and their parents against the state, Roe, et al v. Herrington, et al.

Goodman was the mental health provider for one of the children in the case, then a 10-year-old referred to as Jane Doe. The lawsuit was filed almost exactly two years ago, in November 2020. The latest action to occur in the case concerned the depositions of the Arizona Department of Health Services interim director Don Herrington this week. 

Goodman’s medical notes concerning Jane Doe are sealed in the court case.

The state allows birth certificate changes after a sex change operation. The state doesn’t allow minors to undergo gender transition surgery, though they may still take puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.

Hobbs opposed the most recent law banning gender transition surgeries for minors, as well as a law excluding males from female sports.

Hobbs said that preventing children from transitioning genders wasn’t protecting them.

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to

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