The parents of a seven-year-old girl who identifies as a boy plan to facilitate the child’s inclination by having him injected every three months to medically stop puberty, as an initial step to sex change.
But the country’s and world’s first openly transsexual member of parliament, Georgina Beyer, has questioned whether the child is old enough to make the decision, the Sunday Star-Times reports.
From age three, the child wore boys’ clothes, threw tantrums and did not want to play with other girls.
"Some time in September or October last year we started getting the odd, ‘I'm not a girl, I think I'm a boy and I wish I was dead’,” the child’s mother said.
The parents sought professional help, the child changed his name to a boy’s name and the parents pulled him out of a Christian school when the principal expressed concern over the identity change.
He told the newspaper he sometimes gets teased at school, "(they) just say things like 'wrong toilet' and I go 'no'."
Ms Beyers, who identified as a girl aged three, said, "I don't think a seven-year-old has enough life experience to understand precisely what they're doing. I think it's better a person gets to puberty and through puberty.”
Decisions being made are “serious” and the “natural inclination of this child should be nurtured and encouraged”, Ms Beyer said.
The child’s family remains supportive "and the safest path for him is love, acceptance, tolerance and support," his mother said.
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