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A judge in Dallas has re-awarded custodial decision-making to the mother of a son she wants to transition into a girl, while also ordering his father to pay $5,000 per month for medical, psychological, and psychiatric treatment.

Judge Mary Brown’s decision granting Dr. Anne Georgulas complete custody of eight-year-old James Younger reverses a previous court ruling in January, in which Judge Kim Cooks granted Georgulas and the boy’s father, Jeff Younger, joint conservatorship over him and twin brother Jude Younger.

The January ruling stemmed from an October custody case in which Georgulas asserted that James Younger was a transitional female she wants to name “Luna.” Husband Jeff Younger argued that the couple should engage in “watchful waiting” and not promote a “social transition” before the boy was old enough to understand and make a decision himself.

Cooks’ ruling “kept the joint managing conservatorship in place and gave the parents joint decision-making over medical care, among other modifications to the conservatorship,” The Texan reported.

“If the parents cannot come to an agreement, they will make an appointment with Stacy Dunlop, the parenting coordinator, who will resolve the dispute by making a decision on behalf of the parents if they still disagree after discussing the disagreement,” Cook wrote.

The case drew the attention of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who announced during the trial that he would be asking the state attorney general’s office and the Department of Family and Protective Services to look into and monitor the case.

But Brown’s ruling this week overturned Cook’s verdict, granting sole custody of James Younger to Georgulas while at the same time ordering father Jeff Younger to pay for his son’s transition therapy, estimated to cost around $5,000 per month.

“James and Jude did NOT have a victory in court today. Judge Mary Brown has condemned James and Jude to a life of therapy, confusion, and abuse without even having a hearing. There are no other words for what has happened today,” said a Facebook post on “Save James,” a page set up to publicize the case.

“[Brown] has forced James to live as ‘Luna’ in a school surrounded by teachers and therapists who do not acknowledge that he has said multiple times to multiple people (without Jeff around) that he wants to be a boy and hates being forced to be a girl,” the post continued.

The post went on to say that Brown’s ruling was issued without a hearing, though there was no further explanation for that. The post also said that an “evidentiary hearing” is now scheduled for September.

“There is the sneaking suspicion that this hearing will be used to solidify Anne’s dominance over Jeff. We are fighting for the well-being of two young boys and their lives are treated as secondary. We need people to watch,” the post continued.

A crowdfunding page set up to help Jeff Younger with legal expenses to appeal the ruling has raised nearly $30,000 of a $50,000 goal as of Friday.

In a video taken by Jeff Younger last year, he is seen asking his son about his gender.

“You’re a boy, right?” his father asks.

“No, I’m a girl,” James replies.

“Who told you you’re a girl?” Jeff inquires.

“Mommy,” James said.

Jon Dougherty

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