Australia: 17 year old given power over his parents for gender dysphoria

A 17-year-old transgender boy has become the first child in Australia to have been given the right to make decisions on special medical procedures without parental consent. 

The Family Court found that the boy, known as Isaac, was competent and gave him the power to override his parent's wishes to prevent him from using puberty suppressants, testosterone replacement therapy and undergoing any surgery related to his gender. The case potentially paves the way for other children seeking treatment without the support of one or both of their parents to ask the courts to declare them competent enough to make the decision themselves.  Read More