Thank you to my friend Allison for reminding me of this fantastic, poignant story of a transgender girl that is now on Youtube. I hope all of you will take the time to watch the video and listen to her story.
Fortunately, Cammie’s mother is very supportive and understanding:
My child is gender variant (Transgender)… which means that during fetal development there was insufficient testosterone which resulted in the lack of male gender identity markers in the BSTC section of the pituitary gland in her brain. The result is a child who is born a natal male with a female gender identity. Gender exists between the ears, not between the legs. Everything that makes us who we are… our character, personality, temperament, and so forth – comes from brain function. Our physical bodies… fingers, toes, genitals, arms, legs, bellybutton, etc – have no bearing on “who” we are. This video/voice recording is Cammie, expressing her thoughts and feelings about what it’s like to live with this medical condition. She is 11 years old. Her hope is that one day the world will understand this condition for what it is. She dreams of a day when she – and many others – will be loved, embraced and accepted for “WHO” they are “on the inside.
Sadly, there are a great number of parents who do not know how to be supportive.
If you or someone you know is in need of support or resources please contact TransActive. Transgender youth and adults disproportionately suffer from bullying, harassment, and violence. It is our responsibility to to create an environment of safety for all.