VANCOUVER, British Columbia, April 9, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A father fighting court-ordered testosterone shots for his 14-year-old daughter so she can become “male” has launched a medical complaint against the psychologist he says unethically and unprofessionally led his child to seek a transition.
The father, identified in court documents as CD, alleges in his formal complaint to the College of Psychologists of British Columbia that Dr. Wallace Wong “committed acts of professional misconduct and failed to maintain the standards of his profession.”
CultureGuard, which first reported on the matter, called Wong a “gender-jacking” therapist.
Wong is listed as one of the respondents in CD’s initial action, as is Dr. Brenden Hursh, pediatric endocrinologist at B.C. Children’s Hospital.
Judge Gregory Bowden of the Supreme Court of British Columbia ruled February 27 that the father cannot prevent his daughter, referred to in court documents as AB, from receiving testosterone shots.
The father, who is separated from his daughter’s mother and has joint custody of their child, is appealing the ruling.
In his April 5 complaint against Wong, CD says his daughter’s high school introduced her to Wong, who diagnosed her with gender dysphoria and “persuaded the child of the clinical benefits of being administered puberty blockers followed by testosterone.”
The girl’s mother, EF, gave consent, but the father refused to do so.
He alleges Wong acted “in concert with the medical and health staff at the Gender Clinic at Children’s Hospital” in Vancouver in “applying inappropriate pressure” on his daughter to sign the hospital’s medical consent release form for the treatments.
CD further alleges that Wong obtained the child’s consent “negligently without advising the child of the extremely high risk of suicide and depression for girls and boys who transition.”
Wong also failed to advise his daughter that 80 percent to 98 percent of children seeking transition but denied treatment “grow out of it,” CD’s complaint states.
The complaint further accuses Wong of “counseling the commission of a potentially fraudulent act” based on Wong’s public address at a Vancouver library on February 28, which was recorded by volunteers of Culture Guard, a parent advocacy group run by Kari Simpson.
During his talk, Wong advised parents asking how they could be sure their child was accepted into the gender clinic program that the child should “falsely threaten suicide,” CD’s complaint states.
“So what you need is, you know what? Pull a stunt. Suicide, every time, they will give you what you need,” Wong told the crowd.
Wong also said there has been a 125 percent increase in gender cases over 10 years.
In the Gender Health Clinic, they have “more than 500 kids, just from the ministry alone. If I’m talking about my private practice altogether, we have … I see more than 1,000,” Wong said, as documented in the Culture Guard transcript.
Wong also stated his youngest patient was 2 3/4 years old.
“So you can imagine, in someone who is just learning how to talk and how to walk, the first thing is not Mommy I love you. They say, Mommy, I’m not a boy, Mommy, I’m not a girl,” he said.
The father went to court after Hursh told him in a December 1, 2018, letter that his daughter was mature enough to decide on her own treatment and his consent was not needed.
Bowden heard arguments from 12 lawyers — for the father, the mother, the daughter, the hospital, the school, the doctors, and the media, on February 19 and 20, according to the complaint.
The judge ruled that “While AB’s father does not consent to the treatment, I am satisfied that AB’s consent is sufficient for the treatment to proceed.”
He further ruled that AB “be referred to as male and identified by his chosen name in all legal proceedings, be allowed to change his legal name without the need for consent from his parents, is ‘exclusively entitled’ to consent to medical treatment for his gender dysphoria.”
Moreover, “Any attempt to persuade AB to abandon treatment or references to AB as a girl or using female pronouns ‘shall be considered to be family violence’ under the Family Law Act,” ruled the B.C. judge.
The father told the Federalist in October that his daughter is “very vulnerable” and he thinks her clinging to a male identity may be caused by the mental and emotional difficulties she has suffered since he and his wife separated in 2013.
According to the original court application, the daughter “suffers from depression and has attempted suicide at least four times.” and went through a “lesbian stage” in Grade 7, then later identified as a boy after she saw a pro-transgender video “Handsome and Majestic” at school, states the application.
School counselors then helped her pick out a male name and assume a male identity, but because of B.C.’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) policy — which states students have the right to identify their gender and are entitled to confidentiality — the father was not told, the document states.
Nor was he advised when school counsellors referred his wife and then 13-year-old daughter to Wong, who recommended she begin hormone treatment and testosterone shots.
CD’s daughter also developed an intense crush on her Grade 8 gym teacher, to the point where she was removed from his class, which “triggered a dramatic escalation in self-harm behaviour including suicide attempts,” the court application states.
CD asked Wong in November 2017 to treat his daughter for depression, but Wong did not do so, the court application states.
The mother told CD in August 2018 she had signed off on testosterone shots on her and their daughter’s first visit to the gender dysphoria clinic at B.C. Children’s Hospital earlier that month, the Federalist reported.