Mom sues teenage child over transgender treatment

"The school district provided Ms. Calgaro no notice or hearing prior to...terminating her parental rights regarding J.D.K.'s education nor a hearing or process afterwards to regain her parental rights over her minor child". The teen had sought county assistance with transition-related medical care including a letter from a legal aid organization about emancipation.

Anmarie Calgaro says her 17-year-old daughter (whom she calls her son in the suit) began hormone therapy without her knowledge. The judge stated that the law requires a parent to petition the court for a minor's name change, and until it was determined that the child was emancipated, the court could not take action.

Calgaro disputed the claims about her relationship with the teen and cried at the press conference when talking about being left out of her child's health decisions. Kaardal, on the other hand, argues that Calgaro never received a court order of emancipation, and had no opportunity to be heard on signing away her parental rights.

The not-for-profit public interest law firm, The Thomas More Society, along with Mohrman, Kaardal & Erickson, representing Calgaro. LGBTQ advocates believe the lawsuit is misguided and feel the mother is wrong for "mis-gendering" her child and repeatedly using words such as "son" and male pronouns to reference the teen who identifies as a transgender female.

The mother, Anmarie Calgaro, filed suit in a Minnesota court on November 16, against her daughter, county health boards, a school district and local health care nonprofits, NBC News reports. "I was not consulted or informed about this in anyway".

According to CNN, the unnamed teen states in an emancipation note, filed with Stearns County District Court in October 2015, her "mother has made it known to him [sic] that she no longer wishes to have any contact". NBC reports Minnesota statute 144.343 bans non-emancipated minors from making their own medical decisions, such as an abortion procedure, until 48 hours after parents have been notified that the procedure will take place. The lawsuit challenges a Minnesota law that grants minors the ability to receive medical care without parental permission as long as they are "living separate and apart from parents" and "managing personal financial affairs, regardless of the source or extent of the minor's income". She also is seeking damages in excess of $50,000.

Calgaro doesn't oppose her son's sex-change decision for moral or religious reasons, she just wants her child to wait until he's more mature to make a life-altering decision, her lawyer said.

  • Delores Daniels