Transgender transition of boy, 7 will begin despite expert witness doubting boy fully convinced.
A jury in Texas returned a verdict on Monday prohibiting a father from Texas from intervening in the gender transition of his 7-year-old son.
Jeffrey Younger had petitioned a court to grant him sole custody of his twin sons, Jude and James partly to avoid a plan to infuse James with female hormones. James, who would like to be called Luna, has been the center of controversy in the heated debate among family and experts.
Anne Georgulas, the mother of the two boys, has pushed for James to transition
into a female trans gender and has strongly backed the idea of chemically castrating her son and starting hormone replacement therapy. The ruling on Wednesday will prevent father, Jeffrey from having sole custody of his children and paves the way for Georgulas to begin with the procedure.
The court has ruled that the mother, will maintain sole custody of her two children
and go ahead with plans to give James life-altering medical procedures. Her original court
filing had sought to limit her ex-husband's visits with the children and require
he nshould refer to James as Luna. She further asked that James not be exposed to any
people who would not confirm his female identity.
Controversially, expert witnesses expressed doubt that James was fully convinced that he was inherently female in testimony last week. "There is still some fluidity in his thinking," said Dr. Benjamin Albritton in sworn testimony. "Neither child appears to be depressed, anxious or aggressive
... He (James) gave no indications of other significant psychological difficulties."
There are no laws currently preventing a legal guardian from giving a minor puberty blockers or hormones.
Georgulas has additionally secured a letter of recommendation for transition for James from a woman associated with a gay children's therapy center.
"This is a letter of recommendation that my client, James Younger, aka Luna, begin the process of becoming a patient of the GENECIS clinic so that she can receive a full psychological assessment for gender dysphoria and potentially take hormone blockers," stated a letter from Rebekka Ouer of Dallas Rainbow Therapy.