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Posted by: c | 2007/06/15

how to tell my family i want to be girl

i am 13 and a boy but i think like a girl

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Dear C,

It is very difficult for me to tell you exactly how you should tell your parents about this. I don't know them or how they possibly might react. What I do know is, that when such a young child will tell their parents, odds are that they will think it is a passing phase. The difficult part will thus be in convincing them.

Inform your self, see that you have as much as possible information, and also information for them. I will give you links to 3 very helpful websites, and hopefully you will gain a lot of information there, for your own purposes and for your parents.

- http://www.dcchildrens.com/dcchildrens/about/subclinical/subneuroscience/subgender/guide.aspx

- http://www.advocatesforyouth.org/publications/frtp/transgender_needs.htm

- http://www.critpath.org/pflag-talk/tgshistory.html


I don't know if you are from South Africa or another country. If you are from South Africa, it will be fine if you want to let me know from which province or city you are, then I might be able to refer you to a professional to assist you and your parents. I am not allowed to "advertise" medical practitioners on this forum, if you want you can contact me via the contact details provided at the top of this forum.

Please keep me updated and feel free to visit here again.

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