Thursday, April 1, 2010

Transgender Children

“The Dr. Oz Show” Raises the Bar for Transgender Talk Show Coverage -February 18, 2010 by Anna Wipfler, GLAAD's Transgender Advocacy Fellow 

 episode featuring transgender children and their families aired, exhibiting some of the best nationally televised conversations about gender identity, …

In the introductory segment of his hour-long health show, Dr. Mehmet Oz hosted two transgender children and their families to discuss their process of realizing and embracing their respective identities. Read more  Photo

Born With the Wrong Body - By ALAN B. GOLDBERG – April 25, 2007 – abcNEWS/20/20

This past Christmas, Riley Grant received a present that can be described as bittersweet -- a video game that allowed her to morph a digital body into anything she wanted. Almost immediately, Riley, a 10-year-old transgender girl who is biologically a boy, adopted a virtual female persona. If only life were so easy, that she could punch a button and turn into a girl.

"She has a birth defect, and we call it that. I can't think of a worse birth defect, as a woman to have, than to have a penis," Riley's mother, Stephanie, told Barbara Walters. "She talks about the day she'll have a baby. That's not in her future. But she sees herself as growing up to be a woman." Read more - Born With the Wrong Body – abcNEWS/20/20

Related links:

Transgender Children: Frequently Asked Questions – ABC News – read more

Barbara Walters interviews transgender children - Family Pride’s Blog – read more

TransKids Purple Rainbow – read more

TransYouth Family Allie – Understanding through Education – read more

planttransgender A place for everyone. No exceptions. – Read more

Transgendered News – read more

"Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well-considered, and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child's spirit." Erik Erikson

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