TWO days ago Naomi, Andrew and their children Isabelle, 12, and Hattie, 9, piled into the family car to drive from their home in the small rural town of Taggerty, about 100km northeast of Melbourne, to Canberra.
This is no ordinary road trip. Along with numerous other children, parents, a legal expert and a doctor specialising in adolescent medicine, the Langley-McNamara family is coming to the nation’s capital on an urgent mission. This morning they are meeting with members of Parliament from across the political spectrum to tell their stories.
Naomi sees this as a way to keep her eldest daughter from suicide and self-harm.
“There’s been really dark times. Isabelle has said to us that if she can’t be who she truly is and live as a girl, then she’d rather not live at all. That’s what we’re dealing with here and that’s the level of distress,” Naomi says.
“This is a scary thing for me as a mother, and I will move mountains to make sure she is safe.”
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A friend asked me about this issue. What is the catholic teaching on such issue? He believe that there are people who are trapped in the wrong body, where male trapped in female body and vice versa (I do hope, I phrase it correctly).