Judge to Decide Whether Transgender Boy Whose Parents Want “Christian-Based” Therapy for Him Can Receive Hospital Treatment

Sylvia Hendon.
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A Hamilton County judge will decide whether a transgender boy whose parents, according to court documents, want “Christian-based” therapy for him can receive treatment at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The 16-year-old wants to transition in gender, but court documents say his parents have denied he is transgender, have refused services from Children’s Hospital and at one point refused to allow him to change his “appearance to a male look.”

The teen has reported that he was once forced to sit in a room and listen to Bible scriptures for more than six hours at a time, the documents say.

The case is in Hamilton County Juvenile Court. County social workers are asking a visiting judge, Sylvia Hendon, to order treatment for the teen at Children’s Hospital.

In court Tuesday, attorneys for all parties asked the courtroom to be closed to the media. Hendon granted that request. But before the courtroom was closed, an attorney for the parents, Karen Brinkman, said there are allegations in the complaint that are not true.

The hearing is scheduled to continue Thursday.

Early this year, Hamilton County Job and Family Services filed a complaint, seeking temporary custody of the teen. That was granted, and he was placed with his grandparents.

The teen, according to the complaint, at one point was seeing a therapist through Children’s Hospital. But that therapy was stopped early last year by his parents, the complaint says.

The therapy, however, later resumed due to the teen’s anxiety and depression, even as his parents were “still opposed to the transition issue,” the documents say.

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