This is the case of a child who was born as a boy, but at the young age of 6 years old, his mother has determined that he is actually a girl and because he enjoys wearing girls’ clothing, then he should begin his transition to becoming a girl permanently. But the parents are divorced, and the father claims that when the child is at his house, he chooses to dress and act like a boy…
So now the mother is going to court and claiming that the father is not doing enough to affirm that their child is transgender. She is not only accusing the father of abuse, but she is going as far as to seek to terminate his parental rights altogether.
The mother claims that she took the child to a gender transition therapist who diagnosed him with gender dysphoria—which is a mental conflict between biological sex and gender identity. Because of this diagnosis, she wants the father to be forced to pay for “rainbow counseling,” which would include therapy sessions, hormone altering drugs and eventually gender reassignment surgery.
She also wants the court to issue a restraining order against the father, and to force him to refer to their child with only female pronouns.
Critics of this case are arguing that this is a 6-year-old… at this age, he should be allowed to enjoy first grade, and he shouldn’t be worrying about which gender he truly is because he is not mature enough to make that choice. They have noted that this diagnosis of gender dysphoria is shaky at best, and even though the child may want to wear dresses or play with baby dolls on certain days, it does not mean that he is ready to undergo the process of transitioning into a girl.
While the mother is accusing the father of abuse, it could also be argued that forcing such a young child to go through a number of therapy sessions where he is supposed to decide his gender, and then further, putting him through a custody battle in court, is also a form of child abuse.