Human Rights Campaign

What it takes to be supportive of a transgender child

What it takes to be supportive of a transgender child

I am a pediatrician and the parent of a transgender teenage girl. At the beginning, my husband and I thought that we had two sons. I was the queen of the house alongside my king and my two princes. But when my daughter was just a toddler, I learned I had been mistaken.

My daughter was never a boy. She was persistent, insistent and consistent in who she was. I can still remember her constant corrections — “I’m a girl, mommy.” But, early on, we weren’t ready to allow her to live her full life. We thought by letting her wear girls’ pajamas and play with girls’ toys at home — but restricting these in public — we were being supportive. We thought we were doing our best, and we thought...

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