Update on 7-Year-Old James Younger, Subject of Contentious Custody Case

Rachel S

If you haven’t yet heard anything about James Younger, the seven year old boy whose mother has decided that he is actually a she named Luna, you have to have either just come out of a coma or a uterus.

Now, since I last covered it, a judge has overturned the jury’s original decision to make James’s mother Anne Georgulas the sole conservator and ruled that both Georgulas and James’s father Jeffrey Younger should share conservatorship. It was great news: Even if James really did want to be a girl, he’s too young to be considered any sort of transgender. But even though his own gender identity is irrelevant because he’s too young to have one, I think it’s fair to say that all of us have still wondered about which parent was more honest about James’s own wishes.

It’s probably also fair to say that pretty much no one who regularly reads Chicks on the Right expected James’s mom to be the one checked into reality. So it’ll come as no surprise to any of you to find out that James has made the decision to go to school as James.

Both Georgulas, a pediatrician, and Younger had gag orders placed on them by Judge Cooks, barring them from speaking to the media. The case gained national attention after a jury decided that one guardian should have sole conservatorship over James, and that person should not be Mr. Younger.

“Going to school. This is what it looks like when JAMES gets to choose!” a Facebook post from a third party said, showing the boys with their father. “Affirm this!”

“Also, a photo taken yesterday, just before church. James and Jude proud to be men!” the post added. “Save James, save thousands of children!”

In an update, it was noted that Mr. Younger emailed the principal on Monday “and James and Jude’s teachers had reported that there was zero stress or disruptions in the classroom today.”

“Just another day in school  Prayers answered,” the update concluded.

Until now, James had been presenting as a girl at school and going by the name Luna, under Georgulas’s guidance. And you know why there was no stress in the classroom? Because 7-year-olds don’t have the frame of reference or life experience to read any deeper meaning into James’s “transition” than “ok whatever I want some goldfish.”

Given the gag order (which I fully support– James and his twin brother Jude deserve to go back to a normal life as soon as possible), it’s hard to say what, if anything, has changed in Georgulas and Younger’s coparenting approach, although it’s been reported that the boys are now spending more time with Dad, including spending weeknights with him. I’m not here to offer hypotheses. I just want those boys to feel comfortable and happy and loved, and it seems like they are.

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