The Dallas Morning News

Trans teen wins fight with parents in court

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CINCINNATI — A transgende­r Ohio teen’s grandparen­ts have been granted custody and will be allowed to decide whether the 17-year-old can pursue hormone therapy at a hospital after he’s evaluated by a psychologi­st not affiliated with the hospital, a judge in Cincinnati ruled Friday.

Judge Sylvia Hendon’s ruling appears to have ended a legal battle that pitted the teen and his maternal grandparen­ts against his parents, who denied he was transgende­r and sought Christian-based therapy for him. The ruling also gives the grandparen­ts the right to allow him to change his name.

The judge also called on the state Legislatur­e to consider enacting laws that provide a “framework” for juvenile courts in Ohio to evaluate a minor’s “right to consent to gender therapy.”

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