Medicine Hat judges ordered 4-year-old not to wear girls’ clothes in public
3rd judge to rule said child can choose male or female clothing
Written by Colleen Underwood, CBC News, Oct 24, 2016
Susan Smith says she remembers walking out of the court room in Medicine Hat, Alta., last December in shock after a judge ordered that her four-year-old child would not be allowed to wear feminine clothing in public.
It happened in family court during a custody battle. Smith was the primary caregiver. CBC News is not using her real name to protect the identity of the child.
“My first reaction to that was kind of like an out-of-body experience, like this isn’t my life, this isn’t happening, and then complete fear of how am I going to break it to my kid,” says Smith.
Smith’s family’s story begins a few years ago when the young child, who was born male, first started telling Smith she was a girl. Her child is now five years old.
Smith refers to her child as “they” rather than the less gender-neutral pronouns of “him” or “her.
“And when they’re really that young it’s really cute … and I just left it like that.”
But over time Smith says her child became more insistent, introducing herself as a girl to others. When Smith would say things like “you’re such a good boy,” the child would act out in frustration and anger.
‘My child was severely unhappy’
Then one day, at the age of four, Smith says her child asked her how old she was when her penis fell off.
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