A lot of people of the transgender community state that they have always realized their true identity even from a young age. Petula Dvorak’s article supports that by highlighting a young Katherine who identifies with being a male, and thus has decided that she wants to become “Tyler”. This is very interesting because Tyler appears to have a very supportive and understanding community. Yes, there are skeptics, but the article says that his parents, teachers, and many others support his decision to decide to be a male, which has led to him being a very happy child. You don’t hear about stories like this too often and perhaps it may be a good decision to let a child decide what gender they would like to identify with so as to spare them from feeling the woes of being “trapped in a body that is not theirs”.
So what are your thoughts on this situation? Do you believe that a young child has the RIGHT to determine their own identity in spite of society’s opinion?
For more information on gender identity, please visit www.advocatesforyouth.org.