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Cincinnati Transgender Teen Wins Battle to Transition

Sylvia Sieve Hendon
After w year on pins and needles LGBT community and American Psychiatric Association best hopes were realized.

Friday Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon awarded permanent custody to the boy’s affirming grandparents removing him from his parents who had denied him therapy and HRT. His parent’s denial of his transition angered the LGBT community when it became known they demanded that he submitted to ‘Christian’ conversion programs sometimes lasting 6 hours at a time.

The transgender teen was removed from his parents home last year by Family Services after his father threatened to kill him if he didn’t attend ‘Christian’ based conversion therapy.

Early last 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.

Three years ago Cinncinati transgender teen Leelah Alcorn jumped to her death after her ‘Christian’ parents denied her transition and forced her to attend religious based conversion programs.

Shortly afterward the City of Cincinnati baned Conversion Therapy in honor of Leelah’s last wish.

Kelli Busey
Kelli, Busey is managing editor at Planet Transgender


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