Mom Sues Transgender Teen After Sex-Change Treatment

'Why wasn't I even notified?': Anmarie Calgaro
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2016 8:28 AM CST
Mom Sues Transgender Teen After Sex-Change Treatment
Anmarie Calgaro speaks at a Wednesday press conference.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – A Minnesota mom says her parental rights have been violated, and she's suing a school district, county health boards, local health-care groups—and her own transgender daughter—to get them back, NBC News reports. Anmarie Calgaro appeared at a Wednesday press conference, taking issue with a Minnesota law that allowed her 17-year-old to begin transitioning from male to female via hormone replacement treatments without her consent or knowledge. Per her complaint, Calgaro says a nonprofit helped her daughter (whom she still refers to as her "son") receive a "letter of emancipation" unbeknownst to her; her child subsequently began receiving "dangerous hormonal drugs" to transition, per a Facebook post. "Why wasn't I even notified?" she said as she started to cry.

Meanwhile, the June 2015 emancipation document reviewed by NBC states Calgaro didn't want to have "any contact" with her child, who had been living apart from Calgaro and self-supported financially for the prior six months. A press release from a law firm repping Calgaro says the teen "has been handled by the defendants as an emancipated minor despite no court action to that effect." But NBC notes Minnesota has no legal emancipation process; rather, the state simply allows for kids living apart from parents and taking care of their own finances to make their own medical decisions. Per the Twin Cities Pioneer Press, Calgaro says she's not against the gender change, but she wants "him to slow down." Transgender advocates have framed Calgaro's use of "son" and male pronouns as "not only insensitive but also really harmful." (The Supreme Court will hear a teen transgender case.)

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