Brandon Simms is eight years old and lives in a small town with his parents. Since his youngest days, Brandon has felt female. After much research and heart-searching, his parents are now letting him grow up as Bridgette. His case is one of many in which parents are navigating the often difficult path of accepting their transgender children for who they truly are.
At the toy store, Brandon would head straight for the aisles with the Barbies or the pink and purple dollhouses. Tina wouldn’t buy them, instead steering him to neutral toys: puzzles or building blocks or cool neon markers. One weekend, when Brandon was 2½, she took him to visit her 10-year-old cousin. When Brandon took to one of the many dolls in her huge collection—a blonde Barbie in a pink sparkly dress—Tina let him bring it home. He carried it everywhere, “even slept with it, like a teddy bear.”
Be sure to read today's article in The Atlantic. This is a thought-provoking look into the lives of families with young children who are transgender, and hurdles they face through the misunderstandings of loved ones, neighbors, and even some anti-trans therapists. I really enjoyed reading that there are children who are lucky enough to have parents who are willing to listen and learn, and help their children grow to reach their potential.