This is actually somewhat of a national (or maybe even international) story, but I didn’t realize until just now that the family is Orthodox. However, after seeing a couple of pictures, and doing a bit of digging, (including an interview on Russia Today) it seems it is the case.

In any case, the short version of the story is that the parents of young twin boys divorced, and the mother, apparently, got primary custody. In her opinion, one of the boys – James – seems happier as a girl, and so she has been working to have James transition – including surgically – to a girl. James’ dad insists that he only “identifies” as female to please his mother, and when he isn’t around her, he acts like any other 7-year-old boy.

The father, Jeff Younger, is raising funding for legal fees, experts to testify, etc. That site is here:

Furthermore, for anyone in the Dallas, Texas area, the court proceedings are set for October 15-17, and instructions to the courthouse for any supporters can be found at the site .