Parents appeal after judge denies transgender teen name change

WKRC | 7/9/2018 | Staff (Posted by) Level 4
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LEBANON, Ohio (WKRC) - The parents of a transgender teenager claim a Warren Co. probate judge violated their constitutional rights when he denied their request to legally change their son's name.

Leigh and Kylen Whitaker filed the request to change their son's name from Heidi to Elliott. Last month, Judge Joseph Kirby denied their request after a hearing.

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"We thought it was just a formality, basically," said Leigh Whitaker, Elliott's mother, of the hearing.

Leigh said other parents in her support group told her the hearings are typically brief and questions are asked to ensure the name change isn't being requested for fraudulent reasons. The Whitakers said some of Judge Kirby's questions surprised them.

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"He started out by asking us did this all start when all of this stuff came out in the media. And we didn't know what he was talking about. And later on he clarified he was talking about when Bruce Jenner came out," Leigh recalled.

The Whitakers said Elliot came out to them as transgender a year ago. Since then, he's been in therapy and under the care of the transgender clinic at Children's Hospital Medical Center. They said legally changing their son's name is an important part of his transition because Elliott's birth name currently appears on his school records. When he applies for a driver's...
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