Canada: Appeals court rules father of transgender teen must refer to daughter as male

by Bryan Brammer · Jan 13th, 2020 12:22 pm

Last Updated Jan 13th, 2020 at 12:47 pm

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.


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