Transgender teen wins case to cut contact with adoptive parents

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A British transgender teenager has won a court case to cut off all contact with his adoptive parents after they insisted on calling him by his previous name. He came to the decision that he no longer wished his parents to be involved in his life; or receive any information about him, his assessment or any possible treatment.The teenager, who was adopted when he was six years old, is identified as “PD” and officially changed his name. The boy expressed he wanted to be a boy in 2014 and was referred to the Tavistock Gender Identity Clinic with gender dysphoria.

His parents asked to receive quarterly updates on PD’s life and welfare, hoping they would one day be reconciled with their son. However the judge said PD, who has taken two overdoses and now lives with a foster family, did not agree with the request.  In a ruling made public yesterday, Judge Keehan said the couple’s use of the wrong name had caused him “great annoyance and distress”.

“The depths of his wishes are conveyed by his view that if he suffered a serious accident and underwent emergency surgery he would not want to wake and find his parents at his bedside”, Keehan stated. The judge was pleased that the parents had expressed a willingness to engage with the Clinic, which might help them understand how PD had felt when called by his previous name.

It was for PD to decide if and when any details about his life were given to his parents and it would be wholly contrary to his welfare, his 8 privacy rights and any hope of a reconciliation for the court to override his views and allow the local authority to provide information to his parents. He concluded: “I know that this decision will be a source of real disappointment and distress to the parents. I hope, however, they will understand the reasons for my decision in the fullness of time.”

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