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A six year old from San Diego named Ryland Whittington is in the news because he’s transgendered. He was born a girl, but identified himself as a boy right from the beginning. His parents did what some would say is radical and let her become a boy, although she was only 5. Thoughts?
The family posted a video chronicling their story here:
The pros and cons of transgender children in the public eye
By Emanuella Grinberg, CNN
Enrique Perez’s daughter was born a boy. But, from an early age, Perez says, his first-born made clear a preference for pink clothes, dolls and “anything princess.”
The family lived in Mexico at the time and decided to support her choices. She grew her hair long and wore pink clothes to school. She was 5 years old in December 2012 when she declared that she wanted to ditch the boy toys, pierce her ears and “live fully” as a girl — pronouns and all, Perez said.
Her parents again decided to respect her wishes. Since moving from Mexico City to New York in 2013, they’ve only told school officials and close friends about her transition. They want people to get to know her without preconceived notions. Perez asked to withhold her name from this article to avoid making her a poster child on the Internet for transgender youth.
There have been ups and downs, but seeing his daughter happy on a daily basis leaves no doubt in Perez’s mind that “this is the way she is.” When the opportunity arose for the family to walk in New York City’s annual Pride March this Sunday, she was eager to participate to show that she’s not ashamed of who she is and that she supports others like her.
“We are happy to be a part of something like the parade, and that’s because we are happy to be supportive of her,” Perez said in a phone interview from his New York home.
Laverne Cox is the grand marshal of New York’s annual Pride March on Sunday. She appeared on the VH1 reality show “I Want to Work for Diddy” and later produced her own series “TRANSform Me.” She now plays the role of Sophia, a trans woman in prison, on the Netflix show “Orange Is the New Black.” She is one of a few high-profile transgender people.
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