A father in Canada is facing the possibility of arrest if he refers to his trans-identified 14-year-old daughter as a “girl” after a court ordered that the teen be allowed to begin taking testosterone.
The teenager’s mother supports the gender transition while the father is opposed.
After the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled in February to allow the 14-year-old girl, Maxine (not her real name), to begin taking drugs to transition to look more like a boy, the court issued a “protection order” this month in an attempt to stop her father (known as Clark) from continuing to privately or publicly refer to his daughter as a female.
In the order issued on April 15 and a related document justifying it, Justice Francesca Marzari argues that the father committed “family violence” by issuing what the court called “expressions of rejection” of the child’s gender identity.
“This court has already determined that it is a form of family violence to AB for any of his family members to address him by his birth name, refer to him as a girl or with female pronouns (whether to him directly or to third parties), or to attempt to persuade him to abandon treatment for gender dysphoria,” Marzari writes.
“AB says that the evidence establishes that CD has done all of the above, and has continued to do so even after the court found that these actions were contrary to AB’s best interests and constitute family violence.”
Mazari took issue with Clark talking with various conservative media outlets like The Federalist about the endeavor and his opposition to his child’s gender transition. Marzari added in the order that Clark not only referred to his daughter as a female but also publicly shared personal and medical information about her.
Mazari also addressed insensitive user comments that were posted to online news articles related to the family’s tension. Some even reportedly encouraged the teenager to commit suicide.
“Those posts make me terrified that my father is going to go public in some way that will identify me and open me up to terrible bullying or violence. If he speaks in public ‘as my father’ about me in my case, I will be ‘outed’ and I can never go back in the closet,” the teenager was quoted as saying in the court document.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith