A taxpayer-funded transgender group is slamming a court’s decision to take the son away from the mother.
Mermaids UK, a taxpayer-funded transgender charity, has been banned by the High Court from having any contact with a family after the mother, who was being advised by them, forced her seven-year-old son to live as a girl, the Sunday Times reported. The charity had also advertised “same day” cross-sex hormone treatment for children, going against NHS guidelines.
In a court case, reported last year, Mr Justice Hayden removed the child, known as “J”, from his mother after finding she had caused him “significant emotional harm” and “pressed [him] into a gender identification that had far more to do with his mother’s needs and little, if anything, to do with his own”.
J’s mother home-schooled him and forced him to dress in girls’ clothes. After being sent to live with his father and sent to school, J “assert[ed] his own masculine gender” and went back to living as a boy.
Social services had reportedly refused to act against the mother. In a statement, they said she had “appropriately taken on board support” from Mermaids.” However, the judge accused social workers of disregarding concerns put forward by professionals about J because they “did not wish to appear to be challenging an emerging orthodoxy in such a high-profile issue”.
After the ruling, Mermaids attacked the “horrific decision”, insisted J wanted to be a girl and said there was “no evidence at all to support this judge’s views”. However, it was later found that the charity had been “ordered to have nothing to do with this child following their removal”.
Mermaids’ website had featured a message from Dr. Birgit Möller, a Hamburg-based doctor, offering fast-track sex hormone treatment for children. “If the families are interested we would set up a long evaluation appointment at our clinic (3-4 hours) and afterwards an appointment with the endocrinologist,” Möller wrote. “In case of an indication for hormone treatment he would prescribe it the same day.” NHS guidelines do not allow the treatment for anyone under 16, as it causes irreversible bodily changes and can compromise fertility.
The advertisement was removed last Friday.