A sign of hope: an 8-year-old transgender girl's story

Update : 2015-11-10 00:32:20
A sign of hope: an 8-year-old transgender girl's story

Luana her sparkle blue dress with one hand on the possession of Tulle a strand around his body floats, as a guide while using the other hand, the spin.


8-year-old long brown curls, gold butterfly earrings hanging from his neck, is a magician with a princess.
"I love my hair when it does," his hair, shaking her head as phahiraonda, said. "And I love dresses."
Luana had to fight to be a girl. She bore a son, and that he should be stressed that what happened was a world struggling with. Then, in 2013, for legal purposes to their own gender identity, which allows you to take advantage of an Argentine law that has become the youngest person.
Case 'transgender community into an international symbol of progress in child turned. Pope Francis the country - to identify themselves with the opposite sex is procreation, about the same time, it sparked a debate in the conservative Catholic country.
However, that discussion - more and more common worldwide, that one - Merlo, about 27 miles (43 kilometers) west of Buenos Aires in a small town family of modest, two-bedroom cement feels far away from home.
"I have always been a girl," she once Luana twin brother, Elijah, remote-control car that loves boys on the type of flashing a smile, said. He objected to.
"You Luana gave all my toys, if it did not matter," he said. "He is still a child."
Gabriela Mansilla, Luana's mother in her twin Clear differences were always there says. Luana's birth name, Manuel, has expressed his head to imitate long hair and wore shirts. He liked dolls. Princesses and mermaids were his favorite movie character.
Those in the first year, minor differences can be seen in the picture of the boy. They are often dressed in the same clothes, but Manuel's eyes, his head tilting, is soft.
By the time he was 2, Manuel was canceled pants stress and wear dresses. The struggle is sometimes agree Mansilla just so exhausting.
"The people in the community would call me 'the crazy woman who dressed like a child,' '' Mansilla, 41, said.
The boys were 3, when, for a team of psychologists and doctors Manuel "reinforcement" of a specified procedure. He played with toys like action figures and only will be allowed to wear boys clothes. With female protagonists leader cartoon color pink, was prohibited.
Some children are born with such tendencies in medical circles that while there is widespread agreement on the best way to deal with behavior is much less consensus.
No other reason, is a painful and uncomfortable sex change to avoid having to contemplate - Michael Bailey, who has researched the topic extensively at Northwestern University psychology professor, child birth sex to accept it argues that better. Female Belly focusing on long-term study of the boy's parents and boys that are strong, when, who accept their gender turned out to be gay men shows that all states.
"I feel for the parents in this situation and I transgender society change to become more tolerant of people that are happy," Bailey said. "But we liked it advocated here has lost sight of what children know about."
But other child specialists, transgender advocates, is no disputing that, but the person can decide.
"We need to prove our sex, but no more are able to prove their gender," Mara Kiesling, based Transgender Equality in Washington, executive director of the National Center. "It is not an option. Kids just who he is."
Sabrina Gabriele Mello Bolke, a family that has befriended an Argentine transgender woman, she is a young, and in the end to have a sex change, hormone therapy when he has to make tough decisions about has warned that Luana says.
Still, he always knew the woman, but she was an adult, it could not work until says Bolke ,, which will help quickly growing gender transition Luana believes.
"I wish he would have had the same opportunity," he said.
Luana his mom remembers a boy trying to make his comments. Mansilla reinforcement of their family life was destroyed, says.
Manuel often breaking his head against the wall. Patches of hair falling out. She is in daycare, but no longer want it at home, which is used to explain Toddler Turkish, he will pull on the penis.
Nights Mansilla took a sleep specialist Manuel, that was so difficult. One study, for unexplained reasons kids woke up dozens of times an hour found.
Battle raged well away from home. He was taken out doll ". Girls" and the children had to line up with the boys in daycare, teacher forced her to go to Luana, the toy store was a woman.
"Everyone, 'I told the boys get in line," whose two front teeth are coming in Luana, said. "I did not listen."
He calls himself began Luana. He was 5 times, Mansilla Homosexual Community of Argentina, has reached out to a gay rights group.
"Just to be a girl," Mansilla remembered being told, and she agreed.
Argentina's party, meanwhile, the world's most far-reaching laws transgender was a debate. It says only one person-a legal gender change would allow. Such a change is allowed, that some other nations often a court order to change reality, many need.
The Roman Catholic Church and Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who three years later would be named pope to the archbishop of Buenos Aires, despite strong opposition's law was passed in 2012.
Mansilla 2012 registry officials refused because the child's age in December Luana has asked for a legal gender change, and the case played out in the media. Ten months later, Daniel Scioli, governor of Buenos Aires province and now presidential candidate, intervene. Luana's petition was granted.
"As a girl I remember signing my DNI," referring to his national identity card. He grins.
Second grade teacher, Judit Lacoa Luana last year of his reign is enrolled in elementary school, many parents were wary says. But she adjusted, she says.
Eight girls and 13 boys in the class took it in stride. Luana girls' bathroom is not an issue, is used. He had a sense, one of the girls asked Luana, a time when, Locoa says, a friend to jump in.
"He's transsexual," child Lacoa remember, nonchalantly explained.
Comfort levels, ease yourself, it appears, is no doubt in part because Luana. One boy asked, "truth or dare" transgender ask him to define, and they will say, matter-of-factly, "trans girls penises," and that "trans guys have vaginas." And, when, in a recent risaisa game that it was true he was a boy, he did not hesitate.
"No," he said. "I'm a girl."

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