The disapproving father of a trans kid has been stripped of most parental rights.
In case you do not recall, Dr. Anne Georgulas is a board-certified pediatrician in Texas. Georgulas has a trans daughter. The good doctor also has a ne’er-do-well ex-husband, Jeff Younger, who, aside from being a grifter, is a pathological liar.
Jeff Younger cannot cope with having a transgender daughter. Furthermore, Mr. Younger has consistently defied court orders. In 2019 Younger sued Georgulas for sole custody in order to reverse then six-year-old Luna’s social transition.
Texas being Texas, it is the only state that submits child custody to juries rather than family court judges. A jury awarded sole custody to Dr. Georgulas. The judge then overruled the jury and awarded joint custody. Georgulas appealed. She won and the judge was recused.
The entire saga became a cause for evangelicals and conservative Catholics. They claimed that the prepubescent Luna was in imminent danger of gender-confirmation surgery.
Texas Judge Mary Brown has now delivered a temporary restraining order. How “temporary” is unknown. It is quite extensive.
“Judge Brown awarded Georgulas exclusive control over Luna’s primary residence, counseling, medications, education, and extracurricular activities.”
The judge also issued a memorandum ruling.
Judge Brown awarded Georgulas exclusive control over Luna’s primary residence, counseling, medications, education, and extracurricular activities.
The Court noted:
Restricted visitation by Younger:
Furthermore Georgulas is allowed to withhold information from Mr. Younger “regarding the children’s extracurricular activities, school functions, school enrollment, counseling, and medical care.”
Moreover, Georgulas has the exclusive right to consent to James’ medical procedures except for hormone suppression therapy, puberty blockers, or transgender reassignment surgery.
Presumably puberty blockers will be an option in four or five years. If Younger refuses consent, the matter will be in the hands of the Court again. Given that Georgulas is a pediatrician, we can expect expert testimony from an endocrinologist and a psychiatrist.
Bottom line: Jeff Younger has been stripped of parental rights with the exception of supervised visits and possible consent for gender-confirming medical interventions.
Luna will be healthier and happier.