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8 Year Transgender Boy

8 Year Old Boy Turns Female…

An Omaha couple is allowing their 8-year-old son to openly live life as a girl, wearing girls clothes, hair in a ponytail and using a female name.

The decision has caused controversy at the local Catholic school, governors of which, have said the child will not be allowed to return.

Therapists say the second grade student is transgender, a medical condition where a persons gender identity doesn’t match their biology. Experts estimate as many as one in 500 people may be transgender or carry significant traits of the opposite sex.

“It’s kind of like you’re trapped somewhere and you can’t get out,” said the child, whose name and face are not being made public.

The child’s mother explained how the child had always asked to be a girl ever since age 4:

“She’s been a girl since the beginning, everything about her, the way she dances and skips around and the things she’s attracted to. It’s more than toys and clothes,”

“One night, she said ‘Every night when I go to bed, I pray my inside will match my outside. But it never happens,’” the mother recalled.

Her family had allowed the child to wear dresses and female clothing in their west Omaha home, but until recently, she had to change into boy clothes for her brother’s baseball games, church or any outing outside the house.

“Now I can wear nail polish, get rid of all my boy clothes and not worry about that name,” the child said.

The family wanted the child to use a new female name, be able to wear a girl’s uniform and be included in girl’s activities. The mother thought their parish would be the best place for the child to gain support while making the transition, however upon a visit to the Omaha Catholic Archdiocese, Chancellor, the Rev. Joseph Taphorn told them:

“The child is welcomed to come, but it would not be acceptable to change the child’s gender and present as a girl,”

Taphorn said that having the child attend for three as a boy, then returning the next year as a girl, would not create a good learning environment for the child or other students. Claiming the situation would only disrupt the peaceful and positive environment at the school.

The child will now attend a public school in the fall, using her chosen name and wearing a ponytail in her hair.

“It was not a decision that was made rashly at all. It was a decision to protect her psyche and her self-esteem,” the mother said.

Experts agree that forcing a person to live in a social role outside their perceived gender is damaging.

Ellie Hites, a mental health therapist from Omaha says she has worked with more than 200 transgendered clients during her 35 years of work:

“One hundred percent of the time, I’ve never had anybody show up anything other than healthiest in the chosen gender role, as opposed to biological,”

She said her adult transgender clients have lived through nervous breakdowns, suicide attempts and deep depression because they could never truly be themselves. She has four transgendered clients right now.

“The story that I get is that ‘I’ve known since I was real little, but everybody laughed or nobody paid any attention,’” Hites said.

The mother is now on a mission to educate the community and encourage the church to speak out about diversity and acceptance of all people.

She recently waged an e-mail campaign to urge her church members to place an empty envelope in the collection basket on Mother’s Day weekend. She said she wanted to send a message to the church that church members can have a voice and that they shouldn’t just blindly follow the flock.

“Just take the time to listen. It is different. It’s something most people have never heard of, but it doesn’t make it scary or pathological,” she said.

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