THE GUERRILLA ANGEL REPORT — A twelve-year-old transgender girl who has received mental health care for a decade and has identified as female for 6 years, will be allowed to be given puberty blockers following a ruling by the Family Court of Australia.
According to a report in an Australian newspaper, “Jodie” is at risk for ‘self harm’ which likely prompted the judge to make this ruling. Jodie will be the 4th youngest Australian to be given the drug.
Justice Christine Dawe: ” . . . evidence is compelling and clearly indicates that the child is likely to suffer significant, detrimental, psychological and emotional effects” if stage 1 treatment is not commenced.”
The ruling, however, does not allow a “stage 2” oestrogen treatment. That decision awaits a ruling on another similar case currently under appeal in the Australian court system.
While I’m not entirely familiar with how one goes about getting puberty blocking treatment approval in Australia, it is apparent that doctors, child welfare specialists and now, the court system there have recognized the tragic consequences of denying a trans child this treatment. This helps makes the case stronger elsewhere in the world where puberty blockers are still considered inhumane, or worse.
More on the two Australian puberty blocker court cases: Gender identity ruling allows child, 12, to start puberty-blocking drug therapy | The Courier-Mail.
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