A 15-year-old transgender boy who died by suicide has been mourned at two separate funerals after his parents argued over his gender identity in court and split his ashes.
The 15-year-old boy from Perth, who can’t be identified, died in hospital on March 4, days after attempting to take his life, the West Australian reported.
After his death, his mother and father went to the Family Court after they failed to agree on his funeral arrangements, including which name to put on their son’s headstone.
The boy’s grieving mum said she was prepared to fight for her son’s chosen name all the way to the Supreme Court.
She told the West Australian her transgender son “would hate” to be deadnamed on his memorial.
“[His father] wanted all the ashes [interred together] and [his son’s birth name] on the plaque,” she said.
“I would agree to have [the birth name] in brackets but his [chosen name] first.”
His mother said her son fought for his gender identity. He had earlier worried about which name he would have to use to enrol at a new high school.
Transgender boy’s parents agree to use both names
Eventually, the parents did agree to split their son’s ashes and put both names on any memorial plaques.
However the 15-year-old’s birth name will appear on his death certificate.
Before his death, he was unable to legally change it on his birth certificate.
Under Western Australian law, children can’t change their name without both parents’ consent. If only one parent consents, the matter must go to the Family Court.
Family and friends of the teenager are remembering him as “a good and caring friend who always listened” as well as an “amazing artist who was great at drawing, painting and make-up,” the West Australian reported.
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