A six year old boy in Texas is at the center of a custody battle which is focused on his gender. The child was born male, but his mother insists he identifies as a girl and she dresses him as one. When he is at his father’s house, the child dresses as a boy and is happy to do so.

The mother is a pediatrician and is suing to remove the father’s rights. She is also planning to begin the process of chemical castration on the boy through hormone blockers when the boy turns eight.

Brianna Heldt writes at Townhall:

Mother Claims Son Identifies as a Girl, Father Disagrees in Texas Custody Battle

A Texas father is fighting in court for the right to see his son after being charged with child abuse by his ex-wife “for not affirming James as transgender.”

Court documents indicate that the 6-year-old boy only dresses and identifies as a girl when he’s with his mother, who enrolled him in his first-grade class as “Luna.” But James’ father claims that when the boy is with him he consistently wears boy’s clothing, “violently refuses to wear girl’s clothes at my home,” and identifies as a boy.

The father has reportedly been legally prohibited from talking to his son about gender and sexuality from both scientific and religious perspectives, and from seeking to dress his son in boys’ clothes. Instead, he is required to offer both girls’ and boys’ clothing, although he claims that his son consistently refuses to wear dresses. And according to a report by The Federalist, the mother “is also seeking to require him to pay for the child’s visits to a transgender-affirming therapist and transgender medical alterations, which may include hormonal sterilization starting at age eight.”

Let’s be crystal clear. This is child abuse. This boy has been alive for six years. He is incapable of “choosing” his gender and the mother is a horrible person for doing this.

Walt Heyer is an author and public speaker who was born male, transitioned to female and then transitioned back to male. He often speaks about transgender regret and he writes about this story at The Federalist:

Mom Dresses Six-Year-Old Son As Girl, Threatens Dad With Losing His Son For Disagreeing

When his mother, a pediatrician, took James for counseling, she chose a gender transition therapist who diagnosed him with gender dysphoria, a mental conflict between physical sex and perceived gender. James’ precious young life hinges purely on the diagnosis of gender dysphoria by a therapist who wraps herself in rainbow colors, affirms the diagnosis of gender dysphoria, and dismisses evidence to the contrary. Remove the “rainbow” from James’ diagnosis, and it crumbles under the weight of the criteria for the diagnosis of gender dysphoria.

The diagnosis is critical, because labeling a child with gender dysphoria can trigger a series of physical and mental consequences for the child and has legal ramifications in the ongoing custody case. Get it wrong and young James’s life is irrevocably harmed.

A website called Save James has been set up to bring attention to this story.

Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire devoted his podcast to this story on Wednesday. If you have 25 minutes to listen, I highly recommend this:

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