Order Reprint of this Story September 29, The order may be the first of its kind since health administrators ceased amending the gender of birth certificates for transgender youths a few years ago, he said.
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Such matters are often decided in Tallahassee courtrooms. Gievers said the state indeed had the authority and must exercise it. The department has insisted that people undergo gender reassignment surgery in order to qualify for such an amendment. But doctors are particularly loath to perform such surgery on adolescents. It was just such a relief. Mother of Broward teen The conflict between health administrators and advocates for transgender youth arose at a crucial time for the LGBT community, said Rosenquest.
Supreme Court had declared unconstitutional state bans on same-sex marriage, and some state lawmakers were beginning to sponsor legislation that appeared to target gay and transgender people. In March, North Carolina approved one such law, House Bill 2, which generated an enormous backlash, and a federal civil rights lawsuit. Earlier this month, the top administrator of college sports, the NCAA, announced it would relocate seven previously approved championship games from the state.
The debate over birth certificates can have significant practical consequences: She considers it his choice as to when, and to whom, he discloses his status. These kids suffer enough just transitioning. He liked typically male toys, and behaved with more masculine mannerisms.
We did not know why at the time. Normally an excellent student in gifted classes, his grades began to dip. He began to show signs of a serious depression. The youth apparently had educated himself through the internet, reading cautionary tales about parents who refused to support their children.
But there was an additional challenge. He still had to confront his feelings about living his life as a male — and to disclose those feelings to his parents. That happened with the help of the YES Institute, an initiative in Miami that offers a research-based curriculum on gender issues, and support to youths struggling to accept themselves, his mom said. I had to educate myself.
Should he remain at the same school? What role should administrators play in easing the transition? The teen made his own choices. We will continue to fight for justice for our child.