Transgender kids: How young is too young for a sex change?

Delving into the often tumultuous worlds of transgender youth

When Steven got to college, he didn't tell anyone he was transgender. For the first time in his life, he could be who he felt he always was—a regular guy.

Like most guys, he wants to get married and have kids someday. He really likes his girlfriend, and he's trying to find the right time to tell her about his past. "It very well may not work out after that," he acknowledges. "That's just life.

Rachel Salomon
Walter Bockting, president-elect of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health
Nick Vlcek
Walter Bockting, president-elect of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health

"I know who I am," he continues, "and I know it's always going to be hard. I get really scared sometimes, and I get pretty sad sometimes, and I feel isolated sometimes, but I am a happy person. And I definitely want to be here—on Earth—and I deserve to be here."

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