A supportive parent of a trans child in the UK responds to a troubling court case that involved a trans child and a supportive mother.
Last week, when I read the news story about a 7 year old being removed from their mother’s care, I felt scared and upset. This reaction was shared by many families of transgender children throughout the UK. I knew nothing about this specific case or this specific child. Other people may have read the news and unequivocally thought the judgement correct, or otherwise, as in the words of a colleague, thought it “sounds complicated… who can know what’s right and wrong here”. Families of transgender children instead responded with shock, fear, upset – I was left with a deep worry that this could be a major miscarriage of justice, which holds serious implications for my family.
Let me give you 10 reasons why my reaction may have differed from the reaction of people with less knowledge of this subject.
Before I start, let me give one opinion (fact) on which…
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