CAN WE PLEASE GET THIS CIRCULATING (Debunk Re: Trans girl institutionalized in Germany)
[tw: discussion of (thankfully debunked) cissexism, institutionalization]
About the petition:
First off, Alex is not going anywhere. Yes, Alex’s mother tried to regain custody of her child after she initially lost it and failed, but her father doesn’t have custody either.
The court ruled that way because they feared keeping it with either her parents while they argued would delay therapy and damage Alex’s health. Custody has been given to the child welfare services who will help Alex and make sure she can receive proper treatment like hormone blockers and such.
The official ruling also stated that Alex is not going to be institutionalized - permission for a forced admission has not been given by them and so Alex cannot be admitted against her will.
Also, the TAZ posted a correction underneath the original article where they correct the claim that the court ruled that “Alex can now be forcibly institutionalized”, saying that the court did not allow this at all and that she cannot be admitted.
They further more posted a statement by the Berliner Charite, the psychiatric ward Alex was supposedly meant to go to, in which they stated that they will not institutionalize Alex without her permission or that of her mother. They also couldn’t forcibly treat her without court permission and such has not been given.
In conclusion, Alex is not at risk to be forced to conform. She will be able to express her gender freely.
The court ruling (sadly no English version): http://www.berlin.de/sen/justiz/gerichte/kg/presse/archiv/20120329.1450.368160.html
The TAZ article, untranslated version, first two paragraphs underneath the “Berichtigung” heading: http://www.taz.de/!90229/
(Translated version as linked in the petition, look for “Correction”.)
Oh yay :)
That is a relief.