Tuesday, October 21, 2008
By Gloria Hochman
October 20, 2008
Shortly after school began in the fall of 2004, an eighth grader named Tye Clark delivered a jolting message to her classmates.
"I'm the same person I was last year and the year before, but I am transgender and will now come to school as a boy," Tye told four assemblies at Cedarbrook Middle School in Cheltenham Township. "You may not agree, but I hope you will respect me and my right to get a good education."
Eyes misting with tears, Tye asked to be known as Ty. The transgender teen finished to rounds of applause.
Ty celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday. He was born female, but as far back as he can remember, he felt in his brain and his heart that he was a boy.
For years, his father, a family physician, and his mother, a life coach, resisted their child's yearning to switch genders, hoping Tye would grow out of it.
But the feelings intensified when she reached her teens. . . .Read More
Cindy Thai Tai is ecstatic with her new life, she says. After undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 2005, Tai became one of just a few Vietnamese to speak publicly about her transsexuality.
“I make no secret about my gender transformation as I want people to accept me and others like me as we are,” says Tai. “There are those who are not brave enough to make their sexual orientation known in order not to be treated as social outcasts. I don’t want to be like them.” . . . Read More