The gender issue is always a hot-button one, and it’s in the news again with the announcement that Chaz Bono is going to be on Dancing with the Stars. I feel like we’ve heard stories about just about every situation; male-to-female transgenders, female-to-male, asexual, bisexual, and everything else up, down, and sideways. But recently, there was a story on Huffington Post about something we don’t seem to hear a lot about: transgendered children.
Jackie is a ten-year-old girl that used to be a boy. Yes, ten years old. When I was that young, I’m pretty sure my biggest concern was who opened the Chamber of Secrets. But no, Jackie (formerly Jack) grew up only wanting girls’ clothes and toys, knowing that she was born in the wrong body. When she went to her mother about it, the whole family was completely supportive. They stopped saying “he,” let her wear girl clothes, and now say they have two daughters.
First of all, can we give these parents a hand? It can’t be easy hearing that your son wants to be a girl, but they did what all parents should do — they supported their child in her decision. They just wanted her to be happy.
But secondly, Jackie’s grandfather raises a valid point, saying, “I can not accept that a nine or ten-year-old can make decisions for himself that will be life lasting.” When I was ten, I certainly wasn’t making life decisions. But then again, had I been born in a boy’s body, maybe I would’ve. And Jackie hasn’t gone through puberty yet! Isn’t that going to cause some problems?
What do you think, Lovelies? Are you impressed that Jackie knew what she wanted at such a young age, or would you be concerned that she made this decision too young?