On Wednesday, October 16, 2019, a number of expert witnesses and healthcare professionals testified in court about James Younger’s transgenderism case, where Younger’s mother, Anne Georgulas, wants her seven-year-old son to “transition” into a girl without his father’s consent.
Dr. Benjamin Albritton laid out his testimony, which was followed by Diane Zilca of Dallas County Family Services; Rebekka Ouer, James’ counselor from Dallas Rainbow Therapy; Dr. Abel Tomatis, James’ “trauma therapist”; Jasmine Jackson, a Child Protective Services investigator; and lastly, Dr. Daniel Schumer, a University of Michigan pediatric endocrinologist from the University of Michigan.
Most of the testimonies alluded to the “fluidity” of James’ gender “presentation,” and the positive long-term impact of James’ identification with his biological sex.
Logan Odeneal, the attorney for James’ dad Jeffery Younger, and the amicus attorney honed in on the criteria for diagnosing gender “dysphoria” and the actual definition of gender. Each professional who discussed the concept of gender provide a nuanced take on the matter and preceded their statements with, “I think gender is…”
Ouer told the court that “Gender is in the brain…It’s not that you want to be [a gender], it’s that you are.”
“Gender is more socially constructed,” Dr. Tomatis asserted. “It is someone’s innate sense of oneself as masculine or feminine.”
“Gender is an internal sense of oneself as a boy or girl, man or woman, or any gender in between….it’s a social construct,” Dr. Schumer claimed. “Everyone is born without a gender identity.”
Gender is the main focus of this case and Georgulas, who is a pediatrician, is trying to convince the court that she merits being named Sole Managing Conservator for James and his twin, Jude. On the other hand, Jeff Younger is fighting to keep Georgulas from making sensitive decisions for the boys, like initiating a gender “transition” for James.
Younger’s attorney and the amicus attorney focused on James’ diagnosis of gender “dysphoria” and the clear threat of a medical “transition.”
While questioning Dr. Albritton, Dr. Tomatis, and Dr. Schumer, Younger’s attorney raised the point that James does not meet any of the criteria to be diagnosed with gender dysphoria. For example, James isn’t distressed and Dr. Albritton admitted that the boys are not scared of their father. Other witnesses made opposing claims, but Dr. Albritton spent the most time with the boys and the family of all the expert witnesses who testified.
Albritton highlighted in his psychological evaluation that “Neither child appears to be depressed, anxious or aggressive …He [James] gave no indications of other significant psychological difficulties.”
In Dr. Tomatis’s testimony, he found no clinical symptoms of distress during his interactions with James.
Ouer argues that the lack of distress that James displays is because of the fact that he is allegedly “affirmed” as a girl according to his mother and at school.
Odeneal pointed to medical records from James’ pediatrician which suggests that James head to a medical transition clinic by the time he is eight or nine. It stated, “Will plan to have a psychological evaluation at GENECIS when closer to 8-9 years old to consider hormone suppression.”
Dr. Schumer, a specialist in medical “transitions,” contended that puberty blockers not be used until a child reaches Tanner State 2 of puberty. He also informed the court that “average start of puberty in someone who is a male is eleven and a half.”
Odeneal presented the jury a referral letter from Ouer to Children’s Medical Hospital for the GENECIS clinic. The GENECIS clinic is responsible for completing gender evaluations facilitating medical “transitions,” which includes providing children puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones.
The letter read:
This is a letter of recommendation that my client, James Younger, aka Luna, begin the process of becoming a patient of the GENECIS clinic so that she [sic] can receive a full psychological assessment for gender dysphoria and potentially take hormone blockers.
The expert witnesses and the state agency representatives all admitted that James does not identify with one gender.
Dr. Albritton reminded the court that,“There is still some fluidity in his [James’] thinking.”
Ms. Zilca, a representative from Dallas County Family Services, called James by “Luna” the entire time. She told the court, “She [James] does not identify with only one gender.”
Ouer, James’ counselor, who is a “LGBT community” specialist, told the court that gender fluidity has different meanings for different people. She also maintains that James may not be transgender despite diagnosing him with gender dysphoria given that there is some fluidity in his expression.
Ouer and the other experts present insisted on calling James “Luna” and letting the seven-year-old boy determine any changes.
Even in a red state like Texas, the forces of political correctness do not rest.
The desire to change gender identity is one front that the Left is engaging in to socially engineer society into accepting its culturally radical vision.
Rival Candidate Spreads Fake News Attacks Against Anti-Lockdown Hero Shelley Luther
Shelley Luther, the candidate for Texas’ Senate District 30, is beginning to face heat from her rivals in the Senate seat’s special election.
One of her opponents, Drew Springer, the State Representative for Texas’s 68th District, called her out for supposed hypocrisy on the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
On Facebook he commented, “Shelley Luther sang a different tune about forced COVID-19 shutdowns before she realized she could use it for her political benefit.
While she thought her record could be deleted from Facebook, there was only so long she could hide. #ShutdownShelley”
Springer referred to a comment Luther made on March 16 where she said “Just my opinion. If some major cities are closing down building where large gatherings occur, then EVERY city should. The problem will not fix if some people are out and about.”
However, several users commenting on Springer’s Facebook post were quick to point out some nuances in Luther’s comments.
The main gist of their comments was that Luther said that it didn’t make any sense for a few venues to remain open and others not be closed. In essence, she was calling for policy consistency, not for selective enforcement of lockdowns.
Luther made a name for herself earlier this year when she resisted the city of Dallas’ shutdown order and continued operating her business in defiance of this ordinance.
She would later face jail time for her refusal to comply but would later be pardoned by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Luther has received endorsements from organizations such as Texas Gun Rights PAC for her staunch liberty activism and commitment to American principles such as the Second Amendment.
The Dallas salon owner is one of the more high-profile state level candidates running for office and has become a national figure of resistance against the Wuhan virus lockdowns.
A Luther victory would represent a major win for Texas conservatives who have been disappointed with the legislative body’s performance over the years.
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