It’s nearly every dad’s dream to see his son grow up to be a moral, courageous, and shining example of what a godly man should be.
Unfortunately for father Jeffrey Younger, this is looking less likely by the day. Even his son’s shot at a normal childhood is all but gone after the youth was thrown into a meat grinder of court cases and gender-identity counseling.
James, one of Younger’s 6-year-old fraternal twin boys, is at the center of an ongoing legal battle in Texas’ 255th District Court brought on by his mother and Younger’s ex-wife, Anne Georgulas. She claims James decided himself that he’s transsexual, and alleges child abuse over the fact that Younger refuses to treat his son as “Luna,” a female alter ego.
Court documents found on SaveJames.com, a website aiming to bring awareness to the vulnerable child’s plight, allege that “the Father has engaged in emotionally abusive behavior toward the child.” The document cites a boyish haircut and other “non-affirming actions” as proof of abuse.
The suit suggests some harsh terms and conditions for the father as well, including (re)education classes designed to show him “how his actions and non-affirming behavior could be harmful to the child’s emotional and well-being.”
To top it all off, Georgulas is also fighting to limit the father’s access to both of his children “if he fails to affirm Luna.”
When “Luna” is away from Georgulas, things really get interesting.
Walt Heyer, a former transgender, writes in the Federalist that “Luna” only appears around the mother. Away from her, Heyer says James “seems natural and happy being a boy,” an observation that throws a major question mark on a gender dysphoria diagnosis the child was given.
Therapists who treat gender identity problems in children often use hormones known as puberty blockers to slow or stop the natural growth of their body.
A countersuit by the father includes demands for drug test to ascertain what medications were given to his two sons.
It’s hard to believe that this is where society is. Fifteen years ago, this case would most likely have been laughed out of the court building.
Now, nobody’s laughing.
A fact sheet posted to the website aiming to defend James lists some of the gut-wrenching consequences this mother’s persistence could result in.
According to the sheet, sex-change operations on children are completely legal in the state of Texas. Some of these may involve chemical castration of children as young as 8 years old, the costs of which can be lumped on a parents, whether they agree with the transition or not.
Although sexual reassignment surgeries are rarely reversible, mental wounds are what the parents need to be vigilant for now.
According to a study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, transgender youths experience radically elevated levels of suicide and attempted suicide. Some adolescents identified by the study have a suicide attempt rate that clocks in at over 50 percent.
To put that astronomically high number in perspective, consider the suicide attempt rate in normally identifying children. The percentage for those 15 and younger is in the single digits, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
On top of that, James no longer has married parents. According to the Institute of American Values, wedded parents may be the biggest single factor determining a child’s future success.
A child’s mental health, future financial stability and education are all positively affected by having married parents. (Amazingly, marriage can even reduce adults’ risk of being a victimof crime as well.)
Unfortunately for little James, unmarried parents are the least of his worries. The website dedicated to his defense is asking viewers to pray and share the story of this vulnerable young boy.