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Family | A ruling this week means a Texas father gets a say in his son’s disputed gender identity
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 10/25/19, 04:31 pm

A judge in Texas on Thursday upheld two parents’ joint custody of their 7-year-old twins, putting to bed a case that became a national lightning rod in the storm over transgender ideology.

Dallas County Family District Judge Kim Cooks said parents Anne Georgulas and Jeffrey Younger would continue to share custody and make joint decisions for twin boys James and Jude Younger. Georgulas and Younger were embroiled in a legal dispute over the care of James since the annulment of their marriage in 2015.

Georgulas, a pediatrician, claims the 7-year-old has expressed a persistent desire to be a girl since he was 3. Under her care, a transgender-affirming therapist diagnosed James with gender dysphoria. His classmates reportedly know him as a girl named Luna, and he uses the girls’ restroom at school. The therapist has referred James to the gender transition department at Children’s Medical Center Dallas for evaluation.

Younger claims Georgulas has manipulated James into identifying as a girl and that James embraces being a boy when he is with his father, insisting on boys’ clothes, responding to the name James, and participating in boyish play. Younger fears Georgulas intends to push their son into puberty-blocking hormones and cross-sex hormone treatment without his consent. A paper published by three medical experts in the journal The New Atlantis in 2017 called those treatments “radical” and “experimental” interventions that can have serious psychological and medical consequences for children.

Under a typical arrangement in Texas, the parents have joint managing conservatorship, meaning they equally share in the children’s legal decisions, but the twins live predominantly with Georgulas.

A jury on Monday voted 11-1 to deny a petition by Younger for sole custody of the twins. Following public outcry over the ruling, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, tweeted on Wednesday that the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services was investigating the case and the Texas attorney general’s office was looking into it, as well. On Thursday, the office of Attorney General Ken Paxton, also a Republican, released a letter to the acting commissioner of the state’s child welfare agency, saying the department has a duty to conduct a thorough investigation regardless of the pending custody dispute: “The children at the center of this dispute are in immediate and irrevocable danger.”

Cooks ruled on Thursday in response to petitions by Georgulas requesting the court modify their custody arrangement and require Younger to affirm James as Luna, both in private and public, claiming his refusal is psychologically harmful to James. In her ruling, Cooks said the court noted no abuse, neglect, or family violence in the case. She said both parents love their children and should continue to share responsibility for their care and welfare. Under the terms of the ruling, it seems like Georgulas will not be able to move forward with transgender hormone therapy without the consent of Younger, a decision many see as a victory for parental rights and the safety of children. It is unclear how the couple will move forward regarding James’ identity as Luna at school and while with his mom.

“I have spent time with James he does not have, and has never had, a smidgen of gender dysphoria,” said Walt Heyer, an author and speaker who previously lived as a transgender woman for eight years. Heyer, now in his 70s, was cross-dressed by his grandmother when he was a child, something he said planted a seed that eventually put him on a path toward sex-change surgery and living as a woman. “Being a girl was where I got the adulation, all the things I desired,” Heyer said. “I felt loved, cared for. People don’t realize how powerful that is, what an influence it has on young people.”

Heyer said cross-dressing a young child, like Georgulas has done with James, will eventually spur one or more psychological, emotional, social, or sexual insecurities and could lead to a life of regret.

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Making menstruation gender-neutral

Feminine hygiene brand Always recently announced a redesign of its packaging to remove the female Venus symbol to appeal to gender-nonconforming customers. The company, owned by Procter & Gamble, said it would start removing the symbol from its packaging in December and would have a new design distributed worldwide by February.

Earlier this year, transgender advocates took to social media to criticize the packaging, arguing transgender men—biological females who identify as male—and nonbinary individuals use feminine hygiene products even though they don’t identify as women.

“After hearing from many people across genders and age groups, we realized that not everyone who has a period and needs to use a pad identifies as female,” Always said in a statement to HuffPost. “To ensure that anyone who needs to use a period product feels comfortable in doing so with Always, we updated our pad wrapper design.”

But some women don’t feel comfortable with Always’ decision and are pushing back, using the hashtag #BoycottAlways. They argue the move dismisses biological women, the only sex that menstruates, and caves to radical transgender activism.

“We’re now moving towards the total elimination of women’s biology,” British feminist and author Julie Bindel told The Mail. “The women’s symbol has been used by feminists for decades. This is pure cowardice and virtue signaling from these big corporate brands who are capitulating to the trans agenda.” —K.C.

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Shrinking human population

Below-replacement-level fertility rates are becoming the norm around the world, according to research published last week by the Institute for Family Studies. Data from 61 countries worldwide showed birthrates plummeting in high-fertility countries, declining in medium-fertility countries, and only modestly increasing in low-fertility countries. The changes are resulting in what appears to be a “global convergence” around fertility rates of 1.6 or 1.7 children per woman, said Lyman Stone, a research fellow at the Institute for Family Studies and an adjunct fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. Replacement-level fertility, in which a population produces enough children to exactly replace itself from one generation to the next, is roughly 2.1 children per woman for most countries, with slight variations due to mortality rates.

“This is not just a rich-world phenomenon,” Stone said, noting that birthrates in Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Malaysia, Mexico, and Thailand, to name a few, are all below two children per woman. Even Muslim countries such as Iran, Tunisia, and Turkey are at near-replacement-level rates and are quickly declining.

“This is considerably below the assumptions of most population forecasting bodies like the United Nations, which typically assumes stable fertility rates of between 1.8 and 2.1,” Stone said. “In other words, the ongoing global fertility slump suggests that the future human population will be smaller than expected.” —K.C.

Kiley Crossland

Kiley reports on marriage, family, and sexuality for WORLD Digital. Follow Kiley on Twitter @KileyCrossland.

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  •  CaptTee's picture
    CaptTee
    Posted: Sat, 10/26/2019 12:41 pm

    PC gone amuck. What is the point of "Making menstruation gender-neutral"? If a man's mind is confused enough to think he is female, why would a feminine symbol on a feminine product keep him from buying it since he is identifying as a female?

    What is the Biblical term for supporting delusion?

  •  John Cogan's picture
    John Cogan
    Posted: Sat, 10/26/2019 01:55 pm

    CaptTee,

    This is very confusing. I believe the group Always is pandering to are women who, although they identify as men, are still biologically female and are still menstruating. But perceiving themselves to be men, they are offended by the Venus symbol on the Always packaging and of course they have an absolute right not to be offended.

    That probably did not clear it up very well, did it? And the Biblical term you are looking for that supports such delusion is idolotry.

  • Cyborg3's picture
    Cyborg3
    Posted: Sat, 10/26/2019 07:27 pm

    Well you don't want to offend the women who identify as men who are menstruating! And while they are at it they should call it personstruating and get the "men" out of there where you wonder who put it in originally! We cannot help but wonder where you get your morality not being sensitive to all transgender! Shame on you! 
     

    All joking aside, we have become Sodom and Gomorrah and this lunacy is frightening! The differences between the thinking of the young and old is scary too. At what point will God say "Enough is enough!" and we see His wrath! Certainly, we are in the latter end times! Let us pray that the church is faithful and stands for God's morality! 

  • Paula Garcia
    Posted: Tue, 10/29/2019 11:25 am

    How confused do you have to be to think "I'm a man" in the midst of a menstrual?

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