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This is a tough and deeply sad topic, so let me just rip off the bandaid.
A jury in Texas ruled that a father cannot take steps to prevent his ex-wife from “transitioning” their seven-year-old son into a girl.
On Monday, a jury ruled against a Texas father, Jeffrey Younger, attempting to stop his seven-year-old son from a gender transition being facilitated by Dr. Anne Georgulas, the boy’s mother and Younger’s ex-wife.
“With a consensus of 11 of the 12 jurors, the jury decided not to grant Mr. Younger Sole Managing Conservatorship over his two twin boys,” LifeSiteNews reported Monday. “They voted that the current Joint Managing Conservatorship should be replaced by a Sole Managing Conservatorship, but that Mr. Younger should not be that person.”
Younger and Georgulas are the divorced parents of James and his brother, and Georgulas has taken steps to present James as a little girl. While she “does not plan on giving James hormone blockers at this time,” she reportedly remains open to the possibility when he gets older. For now, she’s content with dressing him in girls’ clothing, calling him Luna, and compelling James’s school to do the same.
”I want you to imagine having electronic communication with your son on FaceTime, and imagine that your ex-wife has dressed him as a drag queen to talk to you,” Younger told host Luke Macias during an episode of “The Luke Macias Show” podcast in January. “He has false eyelashes and makeup. His hair has got glitter in it. He’s wearing a dress.”
“Now imagine how you would feel seeing what I believe is actual sexual abuse — 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,” the father continued.
Younger claims that his son’s preference to present as a girl is entirely due to Georgulas’s influence and whims. When James is with his father, he “violently refuses to wear girl’s clothes at my [Younger’s] home” and presents as a boy.
The father noted that, in his opinion, he witnessed that his wife “was only giving [James] love and affection when he was acting like a girl.” She used to lock James in his room and tell him monsters only eat boys, Younger added.
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“Every. Single. Day. You have to see your son sexually abused, and you have to maintain your calm,” the Texas father continued, “because the courts are not going to be fair to you. And the only way you can survive this and get your son through this alive is to calmly allow your son to be tortured right before your eyes and outlast the opposition. That’s what it’s like.”
“They’re asking me to affirm a delusion,” he said.
My heart aches for this family and this poor little boy. I can’t say for certain what’s going on in James’s head, whether he feels more comfortable as James or Luna, what his truth is. None of us can. But here’s the really important thing: James can’t, at least not to the extent that warrants this sort of treatment from his mother. Seven-year-olds don’t have a developed enough concept of gender or their own self to benefit even slightly from this kind of treatment. Maybe he’ll grow up and they’ll find that he truly has body dysmorphia. But that’s irrelevant now. He’s seven.
For comparison: when I was seven, I wished fervently with every cell in my body that I could turn into a cat from the Warriors series. My parents didn’t worry, or cater to these whims, because they knew I’d grow out of it, and if I didn’t, well, they’d cross that bridge when they came to it.
But this isn’t about James’s well-being, at least as far as his mother is concerned. It’s about her. It’s about her own progressive street cred of having a transgender child. She can’t allow that her little boy might enjoy Frozen or prefer a “girl’s toy” from McDonald’s and not be trans, because then she herself would be utterly ordinary. How intolerable.
I wish Mr. Younger all the strength and luck in the world to be there for his children when they need him the most.