Court Awards Full Custody to James Younger’s Mother but Requires Permission for Puberty Blockers, Gender Surgeries

An individual holds up a flag throughout rally to object the Trump administration’s reported proposition to narrow the meaning of gender to male or woman at birth at Town hall in New York City City, October 24, 2018. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

A Texas judge has actually given complete custody of eight-year-old James Younger to his mom, who has actually combated openly to shift her child into a lady versus the daddy’s desires.

Judge Mary Brown approved complete custody to Anne Georgulas in an order on Tuesday, granting the mom unique control over James’s main home, therapy, medications, education and after-school activities. It permits Georgulas to keep info from Jeff Younger, James’s daddy, “regarding the children’s extracurricular activities, school functions, school enrollment, counseling, and medical care.”

Nevertheless, while Georgulas has the unique right to grant James’s medical treatments, the order keeps in mind that that power does not reach hormone-suppression treatment, adolescence blockers, or transgender reassignment surgical treatment.

The prominent custody case has actually played out openly for several years as Georgulas has actually firmly insisted that her child determines as a lady called Luna. Younger has actually disagreed, stating that James selects to present himself as a kid at his home, despite the fact that he keeps womanly clothing in his child’s closet as an alternative.

Georgulas claims that James picked the name “Luna” after revealing the desire to be a lady at young age by revealing a choice for female pronouns and Disney princesses. Nevertheless, Younger argues that James’s transgender status is contrived, and states he has a video of James as a 3-year-old stating that “Mommy” informed him he was a lady.

The ruling states that Younger “failed to timely make the payments of child support, medical support and interest as ordered and only paid his past due support after the motion for enforcement was filed.” 

“The prior orders that Ms. Georgulas must notify Mr. Younger of doctor’s, counseling, or mental health appointments, or extracurricular activities for the children are lifted. In an effort to ensure the emotional well-being and physical safety of the children, the court orders that all of Mr. Younger’s possession periods shall be continuously supervised by Forensic Counseling Services . . . at Mr. Younger’s sole cost and expense.”

The ruling comes after Georgulas argued in a virtual hearing one month ago that her child’s gender identity was just tangential to the custody case.

“This is not about the child’s gender issues,” Georgulas’ attorney Jessica Janicek said, according to The Texan. “This is just a high-conflict custody case, and you’re going to hear a lot of issues with regards to Jeff’s parenting abilities.”

However, Jeff Younger argued that James’s gender identity is central to the case and that the accusations against him are a result of his unwillingness to treat his son as a lady. 

“To downplay that this is but for the gender issue is absolutely misleading and wrong. This is all about the gender issue in this case. And it’s about the parents’ ability to cope with and deal with this situation,” Younger’s attorney David Hanschen said, according to the outlet.

Georgulas’ team claimed that Younger has refused to carry out court orders including required counseling and educational decisions. They also said the father has repeatedly been late on his kid support payments, though Younger disputes that allegation, claiming he made payments on time but the lawyer general’s office was late in disbursing them.

Younger stated he does not object to the counselors but feels that “the system has been gamed.”

“When the child is brought to [the counselors], the child comes from the mother’s custody and is always dressed up as a little girl. Dad only has possession on Fridays, and neither of the two professionals have office hours on Fridays. And so he thinks, and I would agree with him, that it’s really quite unfair that the presentation of the child to the counseling system is only done under the auspices and control of one parent,” Hanschen explained.

The parents also raised disagreements about their child’s haircut length and schooling: while Georgulas takes the boy to public school, Younger wants him to be home-schooled because he is concerned the school encourages James’s feminine identity.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.