So I was watching an episode of Oprah (go figure) the other day, and she had guest parents on the show talking about their transgender 6-year-old. Yes, I said 6, as in fresh-out-of-kindergarten-just-learned-how-to-tie-a-shoe.....6. Hailey, formerly known as Harry, was born a completely normal, healthy little boy to two very open minded parents whose sole purpose was to raise happy children who were comfortable being themselves. That's every parents' goal right?
Well these parents have taken it to a whole new level. At an early age Harry, now known as Hailey, migrated towards girly things like dolls, nail polish, etc. These unsuspecting parents thought nothing of it and embraced their child's passions even if it wasn't what you would suspect from a little boy. Especially one with an older brother who was as boy as they come. They claim that these feminine characteristics started as early as 2 years old. Things began to get a little stranger when Harry would depict himself as a girl in every picture that he drew, insist on dressing as a girl and would have Christmas lists consisting of items solely from the little girls' aisle.
Initially his parents just suspected that he was homosexual and even began preparing themselves for what this might mean for their child's future. Their child's feminine behavior just kept on accelerating, and now they allow their child to go by Hailey instead of Harry, dress as a girl (long hair and all) and exist in society as a girl. Home, school everywhere. If you didn't know this family's story you would have no idea who Harry is or was...
Oprah and Lisa Ling kept commenting on how "highly evolved" these parents were to let their child express himself the way that he pleased even if that meant allowing their little boy to be a girl in society even though his anatomy suggests otherwise. For all intents and purposes these parents are raising a little girl now. Because that's the way their son, now daughter, feels happiest.
They realize that their "daughter" has a long road ahead with this decision that they have chosen, but they are encouraging her behavior all along the way. They even showed a clip of Hailey painting over her room pink.
I want to start off by saying that this is so foreign and wrong sounding to me, but at the same time, that I have never had anyone close to me have this issue so it's hard for me to judge something that is so unknown to me. My thoughts are that number one, God created us as we are and he doesn't make mistakes. Number two, some might say highly evolved, but I would argue that we are headed down a very slippery slope in society with what is tolerated and even now promoted. And lastly, yes, people have the freedom to be whatever they want to be and to achieve ultimate happiness, but is really letting this little boy go past pretending to be a little girl to now existing in society as one really going to bring this child happiness?
PS I wish I would have been a Sociology major.