Texas father loses court battle to prevent ex-wife from letting son, 7, transition to girl, says she made child wear dresses
In a lengthy and bitter feud, Jeff Younger and his ex-wife Anne Georgulas argued in a family court whether their son had gender dysphoria.
A Texas father has lost the court battle for his son after a jury ruled against him trying to stop the seven-year-old from transitioning to a girl. According to him, his ex-wife manipulated their child into wearing dresses and reportedly told her that "monsters only eat boys."
In a lengthy and bitter feud, Jeff Younger and his ex-wife Anne Georgulas argued in a family court whether their son had gender dysphoria, The Texan reports.
However, a jury decided on October 22 following a week-long trial to give sole guardianship of James and his twin brother Jude to their mother.
Pediatrician Georgulas argued that her son was transgender and that he should be allowed to wear dresses and attend school as a girl named Luna, if he wished to.
That said, her ex-husband Jeff Younger doesn't believe James has gender dysphoria. According to him, his child is just experiencing some confusion with his gender, and that Georgulas is forcing him to socially transition into a girl by manipulating him into wearing dresses and painting his nails.
Meanwhile, the judge presiding over the case is now expected to give his final verdict soon.
It all began in 2018 when Georgulas filed a court request to modify their joint custody arrangement so that Jeff Younger is required to start calling their child by the name Luna.
In her argument, she claimed three mental health professionals had diagnosed James with gender dysphoria and that they recommended referring to him as Luna. However, Jeff Younger subsequently filed his own request to obtain sole custody of the twins to stop the gender transition.
Nonetheless, the jury's verdict means Jeff Younger cannot have sole custody of his children and Georgulas is free to let the seven-year-old undergo hormone replacement therapy.
Georgulas and Jeff Younger were both members of the Orthodox Church when they tied the knot in 2010. In a bid to have twins, the couple went through IVF. Their marriage fell apart several years later.