Court supports trans teen whose dad bans him from transition

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A Canadian appeals court has ruled that a trans teenager has the right to transition in spite of his father’s disapproval. The ruling comes just four months after the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled that the teenage boy can gain access to hormonal treatment without the consent of his parents. But the boy’s father didn’t give up his fight there. He subsequently filed an appeal – but the appeals court also did not make a decision on his favor as well. The teenage boy – who is now 15-years-old – is mature enough to make his own decision about hormone therapy, the appeals court ruled. Furthermore, Chief Justice Robert Bauman and Justice Barbara Fisher wrote in their judgment that the father’s refusal to accept his son’s identity has caused “significant pain” and has caused damage to what was once a loving relationship.

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