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Transgendered 8 year olds

2009 March 22
by ZY

The week we discussed transgender and gender identity, I had multiple discussions with friends about it, outside of class; especially after the plenary resolution was passed, to make our constitution gender-neutral. The other day, one of the friends I had talked to mentioned a really interesting show on NPR about young children coming out as transgendered so I thought I would share it with you all. 8 year olds discovering their gender identity! Any thoughts?

This was taken from the Valentine’s Day episode of This American Life on NPR (

“Act Two. Tom Girls.

Lilly and Thomasina have a lot in common. They’re both 8 years old. And they were both born boys, although it became clear pretty early on that they’d prefer to be girls. There aren’t all that many kids in the world like them, but recently, at a conference in Seattle on transgender parenting, they met. And they immediately hit it off. They could talk about things with each other that they’d never been able to share with other friends back home. And that’s comforting, even if they never see each other after the conference ends. Producer Mary Beth Kirchner tells the story, with production help from Rebecca Weiker. (17 minutes)”

One Response
  1. Hannah Mueller permalink
    March 24, 2009

    Cool report! It reminds me of this comment where Barbara points out an article saying how children under 12 in Uruguay can legally change their gender with their parents’ permission. When can we have a law like that in the U.S.?

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