An Australian court has approved a controversial parental request to allow a 5-year-old child, born male but described as intersex in media reports, to undergo gender reassignment surgery and identify as female. BBC News reported that the child is known only as Carla, and identifies as a girl despite lacking female sex organs. The Family Court was reportedly

told that Carla was born with “female-appearing genitalia” and exhibited “stereotypically female” behavior, such as never wanting to be referred to as a male, and preferring “female toys, clothes and activities.” A surgery will now be performed to remove the gonads from inside the child’s body. Medical experts reportedly testified in court that the surgery would remove the risk for the child developing tumours, and suggested that the surgery should take place before puberty. READ MORE