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Should Transgender Teens Have To Go Through the Family Court for Hormone Treatment?

Yesterday the Full Court of the Family Court heard the the case of a young transgender person known as Kelvin. The “Kelvin Decision” will determine whether transgender adolescents who want to undergo the second stage of hormone treatment will need the Family Court’s authorisation to do so. For years the LGBTQIPA community and their supporters have spoken out against the court process. We contacted the Family Court and were informed that the judges have reserved their decision and hope to be able to give us their ruling soon. But what is the current law? And in the case of a positive ruling, what impact will it have? To discuss, The Daily was joined by Dr Malcolm Smith, Senior Lecturer for the School of Law and a member for the Australian Centre for Health Law Research at the Queensland University of Technology.

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