A Texas jury has ruled against a father who tried to intervene and stop his seven-year-old son from transitioning to a girl after claiming his ex-wife constantly put him in dresses and told the child that 'monsters only eat boys'.
Jeff Younger and his ex-wife Anne Georgulas have been involved in a lengthy and bitter feud in Dallas as they argued in a family court over whether their son James has gender dysphoria.
Following a week-long trial, a jury decided on Tuesday to give sole managing guardianship of James and his twin brother Jude to their mother.
Georgulas, who is a pediatrician, has argued that James is transgender and should be able to wear dresses and attend school as a girl named Luna.
Her ex-husband, however, doesn't believe James has gender dysphoria and has accused Georgulas of forcing their child to socially transition into a girl by making him wear dresses and painting his nails.
The judge presiding over the case is expected to make a final decision on the custody verdict on Wednesday.
The jury's verdict prevents Younger from having sole custody of his children and potentially paves the way for Georgulas to allow the seven-year-old to undergo hormone replacement therapy.
The bitter court battle began when Georgulas filed a court request to change their joint custody arrangement to include a requirement that Younger start calling their child by the name Luna.
She argued that three mental health professionals had diagnosed James with gender dysphoria and that therapists had recommended they start using the name Luna instead of James.
Younger, however, filed his own request with the court to obtain sole custody of the twins to prevent the gender transition.
Georgulas and Younger married in 2010 when they were members of the Orthodox Church. They went through IVF to have the twins and requested their gender be male before they were born in 2012. The couple annulled their marriage several years later.
Arguments over their child's gender began when Georgulas took James to see a gender therapist at the Children's Hospital Center.
She claims she had noticed James requesting girl-themed toys, that he was imitating female Disney characters and had been asking to wear dresses.
The therapist recommended James start social transitioning by wearing dresses to school and going by the name Luna.
Their child currently identifies as a girl at school and is called Luna by her teachers.
Younger claims his ex-wife has been forcing the transition ever since their divorce and has accused Georgulas of starting to manipulate their child when he was just three years old.
He accused Georgulas of locking James in the bedroom and telling their child that 'monsters only eat boys'.
Younger has gone as far as accusing his ex-wife of sexually abusing their child.