Queer people are rather used to having our identities not accepted or understood by various family members but a mother in Minnesota is taking her intolerance to a whole new level. Anmarie Calgaro recently gave a press conference in which she announced her intention to sue her 17-year-old child (unnamed in reports) who is planning on transitioning through surgery.
Annmarie is represented by Erick Kaardal and the Thomas More Society, the latter of whom Jezebel notes "is notorious for defending David Daleiden, creator of anti-choice propaganda videos, and often prosecutes in anti-abortion cases."
The crux of the legal argument here is that Calgaro is fighting a Minnesota state law that allows minors to access medical care as long as they are emancipated from their families. "It was brought to my knowledge that my son [sic] began receiving hormone replacement treatments from Park Nicollet Health Services to transition from male to female, with medical assistance paying for this," Anmarie Calgaro told reporters. "I was not consulted or informed about this in any way."
Calgaro is claiming that her legal actions serve to empower mothers and fathers: “I’m ... taking this action for the benefit of all parents and families, who may be facing the same violation of their rights—so that they and others in the future may be spared from the same tragic events," she said. The drastic action has led some to suspect that something else is going on here: Jezebel intimates that the ruling, if made in favor of the mother, could be used as precedent to further restrict abortion in the state.
Calgaro's daughter no longer lives with her and Annmarie reportedly "had no wish to see her, and made no legal attempt to keep her at home, despite knowing where she resides." The unnamed child has been on hormone therapy for over a year but, facing legal action, will probably not pursue surgery until she reaches the age of 18.
"It's unfortunate that this mom is choosing to parent through the legal system," said David Edwards, a leader at Transforming Families, a community-led group that "supports parents of gender-diverse kids."
"That doesn't seem productive at all," he added.
That's quite the understatement ya got there, Edwards.
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