This is really unfortunate…
A 15-year-old transgender from Australia who committed suicide will have two funerals after the parents of the teen are in disagreement of the teen’s true gender and name.
The father wanted to use the child’s name and gender on her birth certificate while the mother wants to call her daughter by her male name that she chose when she came out as transgender.
According to reports, the girl was diagnosed with multiple personality disorders when she was 14.
Western Australia: "A 15-year-old trans boy [female] who took his own life has been farewelled in two funerals and will have two different names on separate memorials after his estranged parents agreed to divide his ashes." pic.twitter.com/A4CIct26sq
— Biological Reality Coalition (@BiologicalReal1) April 20, 2021
Trans schoolboy who took own life will have TWO funerals as parents https://t.co/VxpUdDboFp
Greif is personal. It is good both parents get to say goodbye to their child, in the way that has meaning for each of them.
— Ms Tingle (@MsTingle7) April 20, 2021
His mum pushed to use his chosen name. https://t.co/hpFVk4TYlh
— PEDESTRIAN.TV (@pedestriandaily) April 20, 2021
The Daily Mail shared more on the story:
A 15-year-old transgender boy who took his own life has had two funerals and will have two headstones after his parents argued over his gender in court.
When the Perth schoolboy – who cannot be named for legal reasons – died on March 4, his parents could not agree on what name to put on his memorial plaque during a dispute at the Family Court of Western Australia.
The mother and father have since agreed to split their son’s ashes in half, have two memorial plaques and held separate funerals and memorial services.
His father wanted to use the child’s deadname – his female name which is on his birth certificate – while his mother opted to use the name her son chose when he came out as transgender, reported the West Australian.
— PerthNow (@perthnow) April 20, 2021
7 News chipped in with these details:
A transgender boy who died by suicide has been farewelled in two separate funeral services after his estranged parents agreed to split his ashes.
The boy’s parents took the matter to the Family Court after failing to agree on a name for their son’s headstone.
The 15-year-old Perth boy, who cannot be identified, died in hospital on March 4, days after attempting to take his life, The West Australian reports.
Following his death, the boy’s parents couldn’t agree on funeral arrangements, including which name should be put on his headstone: the name he was given at birth or the name he chose for himself before coming out as transgender.
The boy’s mum said she was prepared to take the issue about his name all the way to the Supreme Court, adding her son “would hate” to have the wrong name on his memorial.
In some parts of Australia and the United States, conversion therapy is criminalized which is sad because it could be life-saving.