Cincinnati Transgender Teen Wins Battle to Transition

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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.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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