Ben’s happier as a boy

Stuff 6 November 2014
Transgender child Ben Brockwell-Jones says he finally feels comfortable in his own skin.

The 8-year-old  from Glen Eden, Auckland was once known as Anoushka – the only daughter of parents Beccy and Wes Jones.

But the little girl he was chose to make a huge change two years ago with the support of his mum and dad.

Ben transformed his appearance and got a replacement birth certificate that included his new male name.

He’s never looked back and is now just like many other young boys – loving the outdoors, playing on the rock climbing wall at his school playground and battling his buddies and brothers in computer games.

”I’m so happy. I don’t feel any different on the inside. I’ve just changed a bit,” he said.

Ben celebrated the second anniversary of his metamorphosis on Sunday with a supportive group of close friends, family and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT community.