5-Year Old Transgender To Begin Kindergarten
A five year old will become the youngest transgendered student in the Broward County school system when classes commence this fall a Miami newspaper reports.
The Miami Herald says that the youngster was diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the clinical term for transsexuality, two years ago.
The parents said the child refused to wear girl's clothing and repeatedly said she hated having a penis - often trying to hide it between her legs.
The father is an attorney and the mother a counselor. Neither had heard of gender dysphoria until they brought their biologically born boy to a doctor.
"Gender dysphoria can take place during a fetus' development in the womb,'' gender specialist and sexologist Marilyn Volker, told the Herald.
The Broward school system has what is regarded as one of the finest LGBT acceptance rankings in the state, according to Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and Equality Florida.
There already are a number of trans students in the school system but none as young as kindergarten age.
The youngster will be enrolled in kindergarten as a girl and her presence is likely to go unnoticed school officials told the Herald. She will dress in neutral "gender-neutral" clothing and use a "gender-neutral name".
The school said told the Herald that this is standard practice to help trans students fit in and feel more comfortable.