The British Columbia court of appeal ruled on Friday that a 13-year-old girl was mature enough to consent to testosterone shots, despite her father's objection. The ruling also requires the father to refer to his daughter using male pronouns.
The male-presenting teen, who is now 15, consented to hormone treatment in 2018, with the support of her mother.
Her father objected to the decision and filed a complaint saying that the doctor had persuaded his child to seek a transition. He described his daughter as "very vulnerable" and said that she lacked the "mental capacity and emotional maturity" to make such a consequential decision.
Despite the father's objections, the court ruled in favor of the daughter's consent and also placed the father under a "conduct order" until April that requires him to refer to his daughter as a male, use male pronouns, and call her by her chosen male name.