In court yesterday, attorneys for the mother who is trying to “transition” her seven-year-old son into a girl chastised the boy’s father, who is trying to save his son from this, for “involving the media.”
Jeffery Younger is fighting over custody and conservatorship (decision-making ability) of his twin sons, James and Jude. The mother of his children and his ex-wife, pediatrician Anne Georgulas, is fighting to keep him away from the kids and force Jeffrey to affirm James as a girl named “Luna.”
On the third day of the trial, Georgulas’ attorneys attacked Mr. Younger and decried the presence of media at the trial.
The morning began with an intense, hushed conference between the judge and the attorneys about a photograph. When Mr. Younger took the stand, Dr. Georgulas’ attorneys rebuked him for involving the media in this case. They argued that he was exploiting James’ and Jude’s private lives for his own personal and political gain with no regard for their privacy.
The attorneys had asked each of the prior expert witnesses, who were paid by Georgulas to testify, about the alleged harm of the Save James website and related social media pages. Without hesitation, they all answered it was detrimental long-term to have something like that floating around online.
In addition to the Save James website, the attorneys questioned Younger’s willingness to do interviews with the media and let certain reporters meet the boys. Younger replied that the public has a right to know about what was going on.
“I think it is important for people to know what’s going on in the court and in the medical field,” he said.
The attorneys argued that the presence in court of observers who side with Mr. Younger and media wasn’t beneficial for the case. Additionally, they claimed that it was inappropriate for a reporter to ask Dr. Georgulas questions outside the courtroom.
The day before, a reporter had attempted to ask Dr. Georgulas questions while they shared an elevator. The reporter explained, “I caught her on the elevator, but she refused to speak with me and tried to involve the police.”
Those who witnessed the event in the lobby described Dr. Georgulas’ behavior as “hysterical” and said that she was “creating a scene” as she yelled at the police about the reporter.
The police couldn’t do anything as Dr. Georgulas was in a public area and therefore the reporter was allowed to speak to her.
After Dr. Georgulas’ attorneys questioned Mr. Younger about his “promotion” of the case, they attacked his character, finances, and personal life.
The amicus attorney – an attorney appointed by the court who is supposed to represent the best interests of the children – asked Mr. Younger about his religious beliefs on transgenderism. Mr. Younger, an Orthodox Chrisitian, told the court, “This is completely opposed to the teachings of the Orthodox Church. It is equivalent to suicide….It also violates all of the sexual dogmas of the church.”
Mr. Younger is currently forbidden by the court from trying to “convince his son he’s a boy.” He interprets that to mean he cannot teach James some of his religious beliefs.
Mr. Younger reiterated his desire to take a “wait and see” approach with James rather than allow him to be put on puberty blockers. Citing literature from the GENECIS clinic, where Dr. Georgulas tried to enroll James, Mr. Younger stated that the “wait and see” approach is the middle ground. He said he does not want to affirm James’ “identity” as “Luna” and push him into transgenderism, nor does he want to force James to ignore and suppress his emotions.
Mr. Younger told the court that he tried to be accepting of James’ gender confusion issues initially. He also noted he doesn’t force James to present as a boy at his house; it was James who made that decision.
At one point, “James tore up the female clothes and threw them away,” he shared. “They seemed to disturb him.”