A Minnesota mother has sued her 17-year-old transgender daughter, claiming she started undergoing a male to female gender transition without her permission.
Anmarie Calgaro filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against her daughter and several agencies and health-care providers claiming her parental rights had been infringed when they helped the teen facilitate the sex-reassignment treatment without her knowledge.
Calgaro – who refers to her child as a male – claims she was not consulted or informed in any way about the treatments before they started.
The teenager, identified in the lawsuit as J.D.K, lives away from her mother.
‘Not only was I robbed of the opportunity to help my son make good decisions, but I also feel he was robbed of a key advocate in his life, his mother,’ Calgaro told reporters outside of court on Wednesday.
She claims Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid Clinic helped the teenager file an emancipation statement in court in June 2015, but no official legal action was taken to terminate the mother’s rights.
The statement, included in the complaint, states that the teenager’s mother ‘made it known to him that she no longer wishes to have any contact with him’ and that she ‘knows where he is and has made no attempts to bring him home’.
The teen said while Calgaro had legal custody, she did not report her child as a runaway even six months after the teenager left home.
Under Minnesota law, a minor living separately from their parents – with or without consent – and is managing personal income and affairs may give effective consent to personal medical services.
Calgaro, who lives in northeastern Minnesota while her child lives in central Minnesota, has disputed the claims about her relationship with the teenager.
‘Suddenly, my son, without any notice to me, no longer was under my supervision,’ Calgaro told reporters.
The mother said Park Nicollet Health Services, Fairview Health Services and the St. Louis County School District won’t give her access to any of the teen’s records.
She added that state Medical Assistance funds are aiding the teenager to live independently and pay for medications related to the gender transition.
Calgaro’s attorney Erick Kaardal said the lawsuit aims to restore the mother’s parental rights.
It is challenging a state law that allows minors to obtain medical treatment and procedures without parental approval.
Calgaro told reporters she was not opposed to the teenager’s gender transition, but she wanted the child to ‘slow down’.
The teenager turns 18 in July next year.
Those named in the complaint include St. Louis County, St. Louis County Public Health, Fairview Health Services, Park Nicollet Health Services and St. Louis County School District.
Source: Daily Mail