Sunday, January 28, 2018
Pure Romance CEO Starts LC Foundation To Help Trans Kids
But it came to a head during a Florida vacation trip two years ago when LC was 8, and refused to go to dinner unless she could wear a dress. When Chir saw how happy LC was when she came out of the dressing room, he knew it was time to deal with the fact he and his wife had a trans child.
Cicchinelli is the CEO and president of Pure Romance, a Cincinnati based romance aid company founded by his mother that does $250 million a year in business
This is also the region of the country where Leelah Alcorn was from, and since her suicide death in 2015, the number of people seeking help from the clinic has tripled to nearly 1000 a day. Many of the folks seeking help for their kids are coming from as far away as northern Ohio and other parts of the region
The Adolescent and Transition Medicine Clinic opened in July 2013 and is run by Dr. Lee Ann Conard. It is one of 24 in the United States dedicated to transgender youth and their care.
Knowing there were other families out there that needed help, support or information, the Cicchinellis launched the Living With Change: The LC Foundation that will train teachers and educators and provide financial support for the Adolescent and Transition Medicine Clinic.
The LC Foundation was seeded with $500,000 of their own money the Cicchinellis expect to get matching donations for by June. They have pledged another $2 million to the clinic.
"We had to do something," Jessica Cicchinelli said. "We want this for other families. We want them to know it's there and not be scared and to know there is help."
One of the places that has already signed on for the foundation's training is the Cincinnati Public Schools.
The LC Foundation is not only starting at a fortuitous time for the clinic, it is needed and very much necessary.,