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Children are often confused by a lot of things as they grow up. But what if your son tells you he wants to be a girl as soon as he learns to speak?
Jazz is an 11-year old transgender boy whose parents are fully supporting his efforts to be known as a girl. From an early age Jazz wanted to do everything a young girl would do. At age 3 he was diagnosed with GID (Gender Identity Disorder). From that point on he has dressed and acted like a girl.
Now at age 11, when puberty will hit and give him a deeper voice and eventually facial hair, Jazz's parents have taken a step that some people might consider extreme by putting him on gender blockers.
The medication stops testosterone from entering his body, essentially pausing his natural male development.
Dr. Will Charlton
"Jazz is 100% girl," her doctor, Will Charlton told ABC. "And there's absolutely no doubt in my mind that [her parents] have done the right thing."
The next big decision the family faces is if and when to give Jazz the female hormone estrogen, allowing him to grow breasts and give him a female shape. The cross hormone therapy is irreversible but Jazz wants it now.
"I wish I could take it right now," Jazz says. "I wanna start looking like the other girls. I want b*obs."
Jazz's parents don't seem to mind paying for the expensive procedures. They say they are OK with the fact that cross hormone therapy will make him infertile.
"She shouldn't have to [worry about being infertile]. She wants to have a baby of her own," Jazz's mother says.
When reminded by Barbara Walters that Jazz won't be able to have children, his mother replies: "She knows she can't. That's probably one of the things that upsets her the most."
Do you think Jazz's parents are wrong for encouraging this behavior? Or do you believe that you can be born a girl, but be trapped in boy's body?
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