VANCOUVER, British Columbia (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Canadian father has been forced by the courts to stand aside as his daughter's life and health is ruined by testosterone injections.
Rob Hoogland of British Columbia lost his appeal in January to halt the state-sanctioned "transitioning" of his 14-year-old daughter. Since then she has been subject to the pollution of male hormones flooding her body, while Hoogland could do nothing, being relegated to just watching as his daughter was "destroyed and sterilized."
A Canadian court placed a gag order on Hoogland, but in his desperation to stop the "state-sponsored child abuse," he has chosen to break it.
"I had a perfectly healthy child a year ago," Hoogland told the Federalist, "and that perfectly healthy child has been altered and destroyed for absolutely no good reason."
Hoogland lamented the new reality for his daughter: "She can never go back to being a girl in the healthy body that she should have had. She's going to forever have a lower voice. She'll forever have to shave because of facial hair. She won't be able to have children," he said.
When his daughter, identified as "Maxine," was in sixth grade, Hoogland says she began acting like a tomboy, hanging out with boys and getting into a bit of trouble. This behavior prompted his decision to ask Maxine's school counselor to speak with her.
"Everything seemed to be going just fine with that," Hoogland said, "and of course as a parent when you're trusting the school, they're an institution, you have to trust the school, it's how you feel as a parent."
"I trusted the school system and the school counselors that they were getting things done with my daughter that were in her best interests," he continued.
"We're not supposed to know what's going on and like every other parent, I did not know what was going on in the school system at that time."
The school system worked with "Maxine" without Hoogland's full knowledge, and by the time she was 14, without parental consent, the courts had judged his daughter to be competent to take dangerous "transitioning" hormones. Hoogland believed that, at 14, his daughter did not have the foresight to understand the consequences and permanency of her actions. Over the past year he has been forced to stand by as his daughter's voice changed and she began to grow facial hair.
"Sometimes I just want to scream so that other parents and people will ... jump in, understand what's going on," Hoogland said. "There's a child — and not only mine, but in my case, my child out there having her life ruined ... people don't [even] know."
What they don't know, he points out, is how invasive the power of the state has become in cases of "transgender transitioning," just as it has in allowing abortion without parental consent.
Hoogland's attempts at raising awareness have not come free of cost. He was convicted of "family violence" by the Supreme Court of British Columbia for the last interview he granted, owing to "expressions of rejection of [his daughter's] gender identity." He was also placed under threat of immediate arrest if he was ever caught referring to his daughter as a girl again.
In January a court of appeal vacated that threat, but a gag order remains in place, declaring that Hoogland cannot speak about his daughter's case in public, and must always refer to her in private as a male. Hoogland, however, considers the injunctions unjust, and continues to courageously warn others of what interference of state power has been doing to him and other parents. "People need to stand up and realize that [the courts are] sterilizing children, essentially, and mutilating them!" he warned. "It's ... state-sponsored child abuse."
To get the word out, Hoogland granted two video interviews to YouTube social commentator Laura-Lynn Thompson. But producers found themselves under threat of litigation for airing the features. As a result, Hoogland's first interview was taken down from Thompson's page and other websites that carried it. However, Thompson has refused to take down the second piece.