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Australia Comes Up With a Historic Ruling For Transgender Teens

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It’s a major win for transgender teens in Australia.

Australia was the most unlikely location where transgender youngsters required court authorization to get Stage 2 hormone treatment, regardless of whether they or their folks agreed to it.

That is presently not true anymore on account of a decision which took place in the nation’s Family Court on Thursday, finishing the requirement for the unpleasant process.

Since 2013, it’s been a necessity that courts need to favour Stage 2 treatment.

Stage 2 hormone treatment includes the administration of estrogen or testosterone, enabling a juvenile to build up the pubertal attributes of the sexual orientation they connect with. It takes after Stage 1 hormone treatment, which postpones adolescence.

The choice reacts to a case, Re Kelvin, which includes a 16-year old known as “Kelvin,” who was doled out female during childbirth.

The court procedure takes an unprecedented toll on transgender teens. As the court notes, if Kelvin were not to get treatment “his overall health and wellbeing is almost certain to deteriorate especially as his mental and physical health is heavily dependent on the perception of himself as male.”

Since 2013, more than 60 applications for treatment have been affirmed by the Family Court, and Thursday’s choice takes away with the worry of the legal framework.

“Transgender adolescents will now be able to access the treatment that is best for them, making decisions in collaboration with their parents and their doctors without the delay and the distress that the Court system imposes on them and their families,” Michelle Telfer, associate professor at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, said in a statement.

“For these young people, the impact of this change is enormous. They will now have timely access to the treatment which provides a positive difference to their physical and mental health, and their social, emotional and educational outcomes.”