‘My heart is a girl heart’ says transgender 13-year-old
12 January 2015 Last updated at 23:45 GMT
Zoey seems like your typical 13-year-old girl from Los Angeles. The only difference is she was born a boy.
She has long identified as a girl. As a toddler, she used to ask her mother, why “God make a mistake” and gave her the wrong body.
Critics say blocking puberty is tantamount to child abuse and that children should be counselled to accept the bodies into which they were born.
But parents of children with severe gender identity disorder and the doctors who treat them say doing nothing can be harmful, resulting in severe depression and suicide.
Produced by Regan Morris, Jack Garland, and Jaime Gonzalez.
Whatever one’s understanding about the phenomenon of trans-gender persons, this BBC video might help us to open our minds to the reality of its existence – in the life and witness of a 13 year-old male-born female. Zoe herself is convinced that she was born ‘in the wrong body’, and has questioned whether God had ‘made a mistake’ in creating her with the body of a male and the personality and psyche of a female.
Enough is now known about the process of identification of sexual characteristics in the process of evolution of the fetus, to realise that conflicting signals could be given to the DNA of its development that can result in the phenomenon of trans-gender identification.
This situation is now considered by geneticists to be part of the mystery of sexual identity that supports a thesis of the occasional gender dysphoria that can render difficulty with the identification of a person’s innate sexual orientation.
In cases like that of Zoe, in this story, experience has shown that, if a child identifies with the primary characteristics of a gender different from that of its inherited sexual identity (i.e., its sexual organs), there is a case to be made for a process of re-identification – in accordance with the gender type that accords most closely with the personality and desire of the child itself. There are enough instances of a successful transfer of sexual identity for such ‘trans-sexual’ persons, for the ethical world of medicine to be motivated to assist in a process of change, so that the person concerned may be enabled to ‘become’ the person they believe they already are – in terms of gender identity.
Father Ron Smith, Christchurch, New Zealand