Father claims Minnesota clinic ‘manipulated’ autistic son into believing he is ‘transgender lesbian’

The father believes his son, now 12, "is a classic example of what it means to be a vulnerable child."

Brenton Netz speaks at the Family Research Council's "Pray, Vote, Stand Summit" earlier this month in Virginia. (Photo courtesy of Family Research Council)

The father of a 12-year-old autistic boy is considering taking legal action against a Minnesota clinic that “meticulously manipulated” his son into thinking he is a “transgender girl and lesbian,” the father claimed at a recent event.

“I don’t think I need to tell you all here there is no way my autistic little boy voluntarily self-identified as a transgender lesbian, unless he was convinced of that by an adult,” Brenton Netz of Marquette, Michigan, said at the Family Research Council’s “Pray Vote Stand Summit” earlier this month.

Netz said he stumbled upon his son’s “therapy notes” in 2018 when he was reviewing his own medical files. What he found was that his son, Miles, was having “structured discussions about irreversible hormones and surgical options” with a “gender therapist” in St. Cloud, Minnesota, presumably where the boy’s mother lives.

“I cannot begin to describe to you the terror I experienced when I read the official documents from the gender clinic in St. Cloud, Minnesota, where my then eight-year-old son was a patient. These notes were referring to my autistic son as a girl named Miley, using she and her and them/their pronouns,” Netz told the crowd in Leesburg, Virginia.

“The session notes go on to indicate that at some point during these therapy sessions, my son’s crotch area was examined to see how much pubic hair he had, to determine if he reached the beginning stages of puberty, so a referral of hormone blockers could be written,” he continued.

He believes his son, now 12, “is a classic example of what it means to be a vulnerable child,” since he was diagnosed with autism at the age of four, has an “obsessive personality” and struggles with other “real behavioral issues.”

Netz told Ben Shapiro in a recent interview that he has joint legal custody of his son and thus the medical group, CentraCare, “should have gotten my consent for any sort of treatment with my son, but they didn’t.”

“They just went on, continuing to do it, just pretending like I’m not even there. They managed to keep it a secret until I did find out about it just on accident by looking at the medical records of my own online,” he said. “And then when I quickly told them that this shouldn’t be going on and you did not have my consent, they just kept telling me they don’t need it and they only need one parent’s approval, and they have stonewalled me ever since.”

Netz was granted a court order last year that prevents his son from returning to the CentraCare gender clinic, according to an extensive report from The Daily Wire, which notes that the clinic may have been “weeks away” from prescribing puberty blockers for the young boy.

Netz is now considering taking legal action against the health care provider. According to an update Netz published on his GoFundMe, his legal complaint could hinge on two possible issues: the “blatant violations of established parental rights,” and the “mental, emotional and psychological harm done” to his son by CentraCare’s “gender clinic policies and practices.”

He’s also urging others to raise their voices “against this evil being perpetrated against our children.” Netz has been drawing attention to his son’s story for the past two years through his “Save Miles” campaign and in that time has “met many other parents with children ensnared in this nightmare.”

“For the past several years, the hospital health care system along with the family courts have repeatedly violated my parental rights. While most of us have been trying to live our normal lives, these institutions have been steadily corrupted by the postmodern gender ideology,” Netz said.

“It’s surreal that we live in a world where this kind of thing needs to be debated, but it’s the case nonetheless. We must have common-sense laws passed to protect our children from this horrendous medical experimentation.”


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Anthony Gockowski is Editor-in-Chief of Alpha News. He previously worked as an editor for The Minnesota Sun and Campus Reform, and wrote for the Daily Caller.