A Canadian man was arrested this week after violating a court order that banned him from speaking publicly about his daughter’s gender transition.
The man, whose identity is reportedly under a publication ban by a British Columbia Court of Appeals to protect his child, was found in contempt of court and arrested Tuesday for calling the teen, his daughter, which she is, and publicly referring to her with the pronouns “she” and “her,” according to The Post Millennial.
The teenager was born as a female and reportedly identifies as transgender and prefers the use of male pronouns.
The father reportedly began litigation against the teen’s mother after learning of the transition, and the matter was settled by the province’s highest court earlier this year, according to Global News. The parents are separated.
The high court ordered the dad to not stand in the way of the 15-year-old’s hormone therapy and to try and better understand gender dysphoria, the outlet reported. He was also told to stop speaking to the media about the case and warned that his public attempts to undermine his child’s wishes was a form of family violence, according to the article.
His daughter has identified as male since the age of 11, and changed her name at age 12 before pursuing hormone therapy with the support of his mother, a psychologist and an endocrinologist, according to Canadian law firm Torkin Manes.
“[The father’s] refusal to respect [the boy’s] decisions regarding his gender identity is troublesome,” Chief Justice Robert Bauman and Justice Barbara Fisher wrote in the January decision, according to Global News.
The father’s rejection of his son’s identity has caused the boy “significant pain” that has “resulted in a rupture of what both parties refer to as an otherwise loving parent-child relationship,” justices reportedly wrote.
This rupture is not in [the boy’s] best interests,” the decision said, according to the outlet. “He clearly wants and needs acceptance and support from his father.”
The father confirmed his legal woes on an online fundraising campaign soliciting donations.
“The far left issued an arrest warrant on Thursday, March 04! I will be turning myself in on March 16!,” the man posted in a Go Get Funding page where he has raised more than $22,000 Canadian amid his legal fight.
“I am fighting the far left based on a civil disobedience defense! I am now back in court for a five day criminal trial that will last at least five days . . . From April 12-16. That trial that could land me in jail for up to five years for speaking truth about state sponsored child abuse. FYI . . . I am blocked from sharing any videos at this time that oppose the sterilization of children!,” the caption continued.
The dad, and his arrest, have been lauded by some ideologues who say gender is not a biological or social construct.
“They’ve created a delusion, and they’re forcing parents to live in this delusion,” the father previously said, according to The Post Millennial.
“What happens when the bubble explodes and the delusion ends? … She can never go back to being a girl in the healthy body she should have had … These kids don’t understand. What kind of 13-year-old is thinking about having a family and kids?”