German trans girl ‘to be institutionalised’

Posted: April 2, 2012 in LGBT Issues

Eleven year old transsexual Alex Kaminski (name changed) may face admission to a psychiatric hospital the Berlin Court of Appeal ruled on Thursday. Alex’s mother appealed against the decision of the youth officer to forcibly admit her to Charité in Berlin, but her appeal was lost. The youth officer was able to make their decision as Alex’s parents are separated and have different views on medical treatment for their child, her mother supports her gender expression however Alex’s father strongly rejects this view of his daughter’s gender identity and wants to force her to grow up as a boy, because of this they ceded to the Youth Health Care Office. There, a male nurse took the view that Alex should recieve ” treatment” at Charité before being placed in a foster family, claiming that Alex’s transsexualism had been brought about by her mother.

This is despite the fact that Alex claims, in an interview published earlier this month in online lifestyle magazine, that she has identified as female for as long as she can remember. She is accepted as female at school, and has been registered as such from her earliest days there. Meanwhile, Alex’s father has reportedly insisted on calling his daughter “Alexander” and forcing her to wear boy’s clothing. He is now believed to have gained the support of Berlin’s Youth Welfare Office and is in the process of removing Alex from her mother’s home.

“The board of IGLYO strongly advocates the rights of transgender youth and are concerned with the institutionalization of this happy and healthy child,” IGLYO officials wrote in their statement. “We would like to highlight the endangerment of forced ‘therapy’ to make children fit into the gender roles the society thinks are right for them. IGLYO follows the wealth of research that shows that reparative therapy regarding sexual orientation or gender identity can be seriously harmful to the child.”

Meanwhile, a petition set up by British trans activist Katrina Swales in support of Alex has thus far drawn over 2,000 signatures. “This young girl will be taught how her feelings are wrong,and pushed more into the denial that has claimed the lives of so many transgendered people, thanks to biased decisions by the Youth Welfare office this child’s life could be irrevocably ruined,” it reads.

The case is now being referred upward to Germany’s supreme court.


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