The little boy who started a sex change

MailOnline 30 Sep 2013
The lesbian parents of an 11-year-old boy who  is undergoing the process of becoming a girl last night defended the decision,  claiming it was better for a child to have a sex change when young.

Thomas Lobel, who now calls himself Tammy, is  undergoing controversial hormone blocking treatment in Berkeley, California to  stop him going through puberty as a boy.

But Pauline Moreno and Debra Lobel warn that  children with gender identity disorder forced to postpone transitioning could  face a higher risk of suicide.

The mothers say that one of the first  things  Thomas told them when he learned sign language aged three – because of a speech  impediment – was, ‘I am a girl’.

At age seven, after threatening  genital  mutilation on himself, psychiatrists diagnosed Thomas with gender identity  disorder. By the age of eight, he began  transitioning.

This summer, he started taking  hormone-blocking drugs, which will stop him from experiencing  puberty.

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