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The world's youngest transgender child

 
Parents help their six-year-old daughter make the change to be a boy.
By Tamar Cloete

Pic: Youtube

Article originally in Parent24
At the age of one, Ryland suffered severe hearing problems and was fitted with cochlear implants.

After the operation Ryland, as a toddler began learning to speak, since then she showed signs of wanting to be a boy. She enjoyed boyish activities, referred to herself as being a boy and preferred toys that were meant for boys.

While growing up, many kids go through little phases like this, girls want to be boys and boys want to be girls.

When I was just five or six years old, I had a friend who was a girl, but I referred to her as a boy. I just didn’t know any better; she wore shorts without a top during summer, her dad would cut her hair really short so she looked just like a boy. We always played outside even though I would pitch the idea to take turns and play inside as well with my dolls; she always wanted to be outside, climbing trees and playing in the sand.

Ryland’s family accepted her choices as being a phase, but when she turned five, she started rejecting all things feminine and leaving them confused. After doing much research, they found that their little girl is transgender. 

Brave decision

It took courage for these parents to listen to their child and accept his wishes; we live in a world where people are not at all shy to criticize- but Ryland's parents were not willing to lose their child.

They learnt about a higher suicide/suicide attempt rate among transgender people and decided that their son’s life was more important.

It’s really easy to judge when you’re standing on the outside looking in, but to experience having your child identify themselves as the opposite gender and being adamant about their decision can be really hard to deal with.

This isn’t a case of children raising parents

To be six years old and call yourself transgender sounds a bit crazy- like what does this kid know- but how can we as adults possibly understand?

This may be a phase or it might not, but that is all up to the kid to decide. 

I would object to the parents disregarding the child’s decision to be a boy because that would be going against the child’s wishes and even though he is just a kid, he still has the right to choose to wear pants rather than a dress; though it possibly runs deeper than that.

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It might be a bit too soon to label the kid as transgender, but what would you do?

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