A lesbian couple in California has started hormone therapy for their 11-year-old son Tommy after he said he wanted to be a girl named Tammy.
Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel decided to allow the hormone-blocking treatments so the child could make an informed decision about his gender expression at a later age.
Many transgender rights advocates have praised the parents for being accepting, but critics have not been so kind. “This is child abuse. It’s like performing liposuction on an anorexic child,” Dr. Paul McHugh, professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, told FOX News.
The two mothers explained that their son Thomas had been exhibiting signs of wanting to be a girl since birth. Due to a speech impediment, the toddler learned sign language and had insisted on the female sign to identify himself.
“It was odd to us,” Moreno told CNN. “Even though she has lesbians as parents, this is all new to us in every possible way. We know what it’s like to feel different – we’ve got that one. But to feel like you’re not in the right body was just something we could not put our heads around.”
The couple’s son is being treated at a Bay Area hospital where he will undergo a specialty program designed for transgender kids