Monday, June 23, 2008
June 22, 2008
MANCHESTER – In the first grade, 6-year-old Nicholas stood up one day and told his teacher he had something important to say.
Not just to her. But to the whole class.
“My name is Nicholas, but I want to be called Nikki because I’m really a girl,” he told his classmates at Parker-Varney School in Manchester.
News of the incident did not come as a surprise to his mother, Diana. By the time Nicholas reached preschool, it had become obvious her foster son was never going to be “one of the boys.”
One early clue came the winter before kindergarten, when Nicholas relayed an unusual Christmas list to Santa Claus at the mall.
“I would like an Easy Bake Oven, some dresses, a wig, and a purple bra for me and my mother,” Diana said, recalling her son’s words. “I wanted to crawl over and die.”
And then there was the issue of the “two hearts” – a pink one and a blue one. A young Nicholas insisted he had both, and then woke up one night and said he dreamed a monster took the blue one away, Diana said. . . .Read More
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Transgender youth in New York's juvenile detention centers are now allowed to wear whatever uniform they choose, be called by whatever name they want and ask for special housing under a new anti-discrimination policy drawing praise from advocacy groups.
"New York is way ahead of the curve," said Roberta Sklar, a spokeswoman for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. "When you have a system like the New York Office of Children and Family Services putting out a clear nondiscrimination policy, it should be seen as a model for similar kinds of agencies all over the country."
The policy went into effect March 17, the day Gov. David Paterson was sworn into office. Last month, Paterson directed all state agencies to recognize same-sex marriages legally performed elsewhere as valid in New York.
Paterson spokesman Errol Cockfield said the policy reflects the state's intent to be "tolerant, responsive and respectful" of gender identity and gender expression issues. . . .Read More
This article discusses the treatment of transsexual boy-to-girl children. When allowed to, such children are almost always able to rapidly and successfully assimilate themselves in to society as a female, this alone is enough to differentiate them from the experience of most transsexual women who transition when an adult.
It is also perhaps necessary to distinguish between intersexed infants, which in some cases are assigned a gender contrary to their genetic sex, and gender identity dysphoric (GID, aka transsexual) children. While very young intersexed infants have no say in their sex assignment or reassignment, which is usually done before they are 24 months old, transsexual children consciously reject the gender in which they are being brought up at some point between two years old and puberty. . . .Read More