The parents of a 14-year-old girl who wants to change her name and be known as a boy at school are in an ongoing battle with social services, according to a report in The Sunday Times.
Social services and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) became involved in the case over the summer. Reportedly, CAMHS workers said the girl was at risk of committing suicide if her parents did not allow the name change. The parents are also under pressure to allow their daughter to receive treatment from a gender-identity clinic. Things have gotten so bad that the family’s lawyer said he feared the child may be taken into foster care if the parents don’t comply.
The social workers claim that the parents’ devout Christian beliefs and traditional ideas of gender mean they cannot accept their daughter’s condition. The mother said that both she and her husband felt their daughter may have mental-health issues – she has self-harmed in the past and may be on the autistic spectrum. She accuses the authorities of ‘pushing the transgender issue’ at the expense of her daughter’s wellbeing.
The girl was described as having always been a tomboy, and was allowed to dress accordingly. She first had thoughts she may be transgender in March this year, and yet by June the council was already using her chosen boy’s name and referring to her as male in correspondence. The mother said: ‘It feels as if [our daughter] has an agenda she now has to maintain.’
This case reveals the authoritarian nature of the new transgender gospel, which local authorities have been all too keen to adhere to. Earlier this month, a boy was removed from the care of his mother after it emerged that she was forcing him to live as a girl, with full backing from social services, based on her belief that he was transgender.