7 y/o boy wants to return to school as a girl (US)

9News.com (Colorado) 7 Feb 2008
The issue of being transgender usually pops up with students in high school. However, a 2nd grade biological boy wants to dress as a girl and be addressed with a girl’s name. “As a public school system, our calling is to educate all kids no matter where they come from, what their background is, beliefs, values, it doesn’t matter,” said Whei Wong, Douglas County Schools spokesperson. Wong says the staff at one of Douglas County’s schools is preparing to accommodate the student and answer questions other students might have. In order to protect the child as much as possible, 9NEWS has chosen not to reveal his school or other names that might identify the child.

“I see this as being a very difficult situation to explain to my daughter to explain why someone would not want to be the gender they were born with,” said Dave M. His daughter will be in the same class as the student.

Pearson (executive director of a national organization called TransYouth Family Advocates) says children as young as 5 years old are realizing their true gender identity and her group wants to help parents who may be resisting the acceptance of this. “Parents are likely to think this it’s a phase, but how long do phases last?” said Pearson. “With these kids, it’s something that’s very consistent.”
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