The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Family Court has granted permission for a 17-year old ftm trans boy to have his breasts removed. Well, sort of:
THE Family Court has allowed a 17-year-old girl to have her breasts removed so she can be more like a boy.
The teenager, code-named “Alex”, was on court-ordered hormone medication from the age of 13 to prevent menstruation and breast development. She returned to the court in December 2007 asking for a double mastectomy to make it easier for her to pass as a boy.
Fortunately, Chief Justice Diana Bryant was able to show Alex the respect he deserves:
Justice Bryant said: “In the end, it wasn’t a particularly difficult issue because the only real issue was, ‘Would he (Alex) have it at 17 or once he’s 18?’ Then, he doesn’t need permission.
“So the issue was, ‘Was there any likelihood he would change his mind in the meantime, and was it in his best interests to have it at that time?’
“Overwhelmingly, the evidence was that it was in his interests. And I made that order. I wanted to make it quickly so that he could have the operation straightaway.”
Again, emphasis mine
Using the correct pronouns: it isn’t hard, people. Also, characterising trans people as girls vainly struggling to be like boys, or vice versa: not cool.
For further reading on this subject, take a look at Autumn Sandeen’s Are Trans People Like Angie and Me Deceptive?, which examines the way that the incorrect use of pronouns in relation to trans people can be used to reinforce the insidious “trans panic defense” (the idea that it’s okay to kill someone because you’re afraid of their status as a trans person).
It should go without saying, but transphobic comments will not be tolerated in response to this post.