A Minnesota mom is suing her transgender teenager for initiating gender transitioning treatment without her permission.
Anmarie Calgaro is also suing the 17-year-old's doctors and public health and school officials in the suit, which was filed in Minneapolis federal court Wednesday.
Calgaro claims the teen has been treated at a clinic in Minneapolis, including undergoing hormone therapy, to transition from male to female without parental consent. She is demanding that all gender transitioning be halted.
In her complaint, she refers to her child using male pronouns but the teen, who Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid says was declared legally emancipated under state law in June 2015, identifies as female and has said her relationship with Calgaro is estranged.
The letter cites the relationship the teen had with Calgaro at the time as grounds for the emancipation due to "conduct by the parent in giving up control and custody of the minor."
The teen told attorneys at Legal Aid that she'd been living separately from her mother for at least six months, working two jobs while in school and receiving no financial support from Calgaro--all, she said, while Calgaro made no attempts to bring her home or report her as a runaway.
Once deemed emancipated, the teen was free to make her own medical decisions, in this case to undergo therapy for gender transitioning.
Meanwhile, Calgaro's lawsuit includes a copy of the letter of emancipation the teen obtained, but notes that the letter doesn't constitute a court order. Calgaro is asking the court to halt all medical services.
Calgaro held a news conference about her lawsuit on Wednesday.
"Suddenly, my son, without any notice to me, no longer was under my supervision," Calgaro said. "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."