Ohio parents are battling for custody of their biological daughter who claims she is transgender, identifying as a boy. The 17-year-old is currently living with her maternal grandparents and under temporary legal custody of Hamilton County Job and Family Services.
The teen claims she became suicidal over her parents’ lack of support regarding her gender identity, including refusing to call her by her new chosen name. She was first hospitalized in 2016 and has been diagnosed with depression, anxiety, and gender dysphoria. The girl’s medical team claims she’s in “a possible life-or-death situation,” reports CNN.
The grandparents believe “treatment” and hormone therapy might be medically necessary for the girl.
“We think the grandparents are the ones who have an open mind and will … make this sort of decision best for the child,” said attorney Paul Hunt, the teen’s court-appointed guardian. “The parents have clearly indicated that they’re not open to it.”
Karen Brinkman, an attorney representing the parents, argued that due to the girl’s clearly unstable mental state, “it does not appear that this child is even close to being able to make such a life-altering decision at this time.” (Read more from “Parents Fight for Custody of Child to Stop Transgender Hormone Therapy” HERE)