L.A. Families Complain of Insensitive Treatment During Court Hearings Related to Transgender Name Change

Melissa Liljestrand, 15, had come to an L.A. courthouse to have her name legally changed. She left frustrated and traumatized. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Melissa Liljestrand, 15, had come to an L.A. courthouse to have her name legally changed. She left frustrated and traumatized. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

The Liljestrand family walked into the courthouse confident — if a bit nervous.

They’d come to get their eldest child’s name legally changed to Melissa Rose and her gender designation switched from male to female.

When it was finally their turn to be heard, the judge cleared the courtroom. Before long, he turned to the 14-year-old and asked how she knew she was a girl.

“Convince me,” the judge said, according to the family.

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