Sunday, May 18, 2008

Two Families, Two Trans-Gender Children, Two Approaches

This story profiles two children, one on the east coast, one on the west who were born as (physically) boys, but believe that they are girls. While one family encourages their son's identification with the female gender by allowing him to wear dresses and enrolling him in school as a girl, the other family has chosen to systematically strip their son of his female play things and encourage him to identify with the male gender. Regardless of your opinions of this issue, this story provides a good window into what parents of trans-gender children (and trans-gender children) experience. The audio for this story is 22 minutes long, but definitely worth viewing.

Here are some NPR listener reactions to the above story. What are your reactions?

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