How damaging is it to a child’s psyche for one parent to treat him like a boy, and the other like a girl? One calls him “James,” the other, “Luna.” One dresses him like a boy, while the other wants him to wear dresses.
Such is the tragic and ongoing case of James Younger, a biological eight-year-old boy whose mother, Dr. Anne Georgulas, has been trying to “transition” into a girl for years.
Contrary to all biological evidence, Ms. Georgulas insists that James is actually a girl and calls him “Luna.”
The custody battle involving James has been a lengthy one, the gist of which we’ll recount later.
But the most recent legal development occurred earlier this month when Judge Mary Brown granted full custody of James to his mother.
Judge Brown issued a memorandum ruling which found that Younger’s dad, Jeffrey 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.”
As a result, Ms. Georgulas was given exclusive rights over James’ primary residence, and the exclusive right “to consent to medical, dental, and surgical treatment involving invasive procedures.”
However, the judge stipulated that neither parent could subject James to hormonal suppression therapy, puberty blockers, or “sex-reassignment surgery” without the consent of both parents or a court order.
At a court hearing last month, Georgulas’ attorney Jessica Janicek argued, “This is not about the child’s gender issues. 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.”
Yet, Mr. Younger’s attorney David Hanschen argued that the gender identity issue is central to the custody battle.
“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,” Hanschen said.
James Younger’s custody battle has been going on for years.
The Daily Citizen reported in October 2019 that a jury had granted Ms. Georgulas sole managing conservatorship over James.
After a national outcry, Judge Kim Cooks overruled the jury a week later and decided “that Jeffrey Younger and Dr. Anne Georgulas will remain in joint managing conservatorship of their son.”
Then, in August 2020, “Judge Mary Brown gave complete medical, psychological and psychiatric care” of James to Ms. Georgulas.
That brings us to today.
Judge Brown’s most recent ruling grants Ms. Georgulas the sole right to make decisions over James’ hair, and the sole right to make decisions regarding James’ education, “including, but not limited to their enrollment in school.”
The Texan reports that “Georgulas takes James to Coppell ISD over the protests of Mr. Younger, who wants James to be home-schooled since he claims Coppell unduly encourages James’ feminine identity.”
All of this must be very confusing for James, who must be wondering not only about his identity as a male, but also about which parent to trust, if either.
Please pray for James, and that justice may be done in his case.
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