A jury on Monday ruled 11-1 against a Texas father trying to protect his 7-year-old son from gender transition treatments sought by the boy’s mother, a pediatrician and the father’s ex-wife.
Jeffrey Younger of Dallas had filed suit against his ex-wife, Dr. Anne Georgulas, for sole managing conservatorship of their twin sons, James and Jude. Georgulas has been “transitioning” James into a female identity, calling him “Luna” when the boy is with her.
In their divorce proceedings, Georgulas accused Younger of child abuse for refusing to “affirm James as transgender.” She sought to strip Younger of his parental rights, but wanted him to pay for James’ visits to a transgender-affirming therapist and transgender medical alterations, including “chemical castration” when James turns 8.
“I believe this is not just emotional abuse but is the very, most fundamental form of sexual abuse, tampering with the sexual identity of a vulnerable boy,” Younger said.
Court documents showed that James only dresses as a girl when he is with his mother, who has enrolled him in school as “Luna.” According to Younger, James consistently chooses to wear boy’s clothes and identifies as a boy when he is at his house. James first reported to his father that his mother told him he was a girl when he was just 3 years old.
Expert witnesses testified to a child’s inability to fully comprehend the potential side effects of gender transition therapy, such as permanent infertility and a decreased lifespan.
On Friday, protestors called on Texas lawmakers to pass legislation making it illegal for anyone under the age of 18 to begin medical gender transition. They argued that children cannot fully understand the lifelong consequences of such decisions and parents should not be allowed to make the decision for their children.
As a result of yesterday’s ruling, Georgulas has full authority to start James on puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones, while Younger will be required to affirm James as a girl, as well as take a class on transgenderism.
“They’re asking me to affirm a delusion,” Younger said.