The parents of Cincinnati transgender teen will be in court Thursday after denying him medically approved therapy. The 16-year-old’s parents will be in court to tell the judge why they are forcing him instead to undergo religious conversion programs sometimes lasting up to six hours at a stretch.
The transgender teen was removed from his parents home by Family Services after his father threatened to kill him if he didn’t attend ‘Christian based conversion therapy.
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.
During a December 2016 meeting at Children’s Hospital, the teen tried to read a letter to his parents, the complaint says.
His mother stood up, the complaint says, pointed her finger at him and screamed, “You’re a liar!”
The teen started shaking and curled into “the fetal position.”
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.” reports USA Today
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.
100 thousand people came to Cinncinati for pride June of this year, many in remembrance of Leelah Alcorn the transgender girls who took her life after her parents refused to recognize her authentic gender. A petition garnered over 200,000 signatures in two days against religious conversion therapy was addressed by President Obama who urged that Leelah’s Law be enacted.