Transgender boy walks with pride

NZ Herald 23 February 2014
The parents of a seven-year-old transgender boy are in discussions with an independent film maker to chart the next decade of their child’s life as he undergoes medical changes.

Born into a girl’s body, Ben Brockwell-Jones’ story hit the headlines last year after his parents Wes and Rebecca Jones made a controversial decision to start a process which would culminate in medically stopping the onset of female puberty.

Last night, little Ben walked in the Pride Parade. Ben was a guest on the Israeli Embassy float, which faced political protest last night. Pink-clad protesters blocked the parade route and raised banners criticising “Israeli apartheid”. Four protesters were removed by security.

But Ben was walking behind the float, so safely avoided protesters.

The 7-year-old has been been living and attending school as a boy for more than a year after telling his parents he was not the little girl born to them.

Gender Change A Recipe for Confusion
Media Release 6 Oct 2013
Family First NZ says that attempts to change the gender of a young girl are harmful and fail to recognise the unique nature of the child which should be celebrated, not drugged and surgically changed.

“To think that drugs and a surgeon and a knife can change the gender of a child or young person is mythical. And to allow a child to make that type of decision is downright dangerous and ultimately harmful to the child,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“What the child really needs is affirmation of their unique personality and appropriate treatment for their unhappiness and other presenting emotional issues – but definitely not gender confusion, drugs and a scalpel.”

“Gender change is portrayed as being the best treatment but it fails to account for deep unresolved psychological issues. Studies show that over 50% of transgenders have had at least one suicide attempt by age 20. Even more harm themselves daily either by cutting or self-mutilation. Gender change does nothing to resolve these issues.”