Early childhood is an exhilarating time of discovery, gross habits, and constantly sticky fingers. It is not the time, however, to declare yourself the opposite sex (see ‘Mother’ Shamelessly Exploits Her Struggling Trans Child to Get Likes on Facebook and Minnesota Schools to ‘Segregate’ Students Uncomfortable with Trans Bathrooms.). But don’t take my word for it. Just peek the suicide and depression statistics.
Such facts are even more disturbing when you see stories like this. A set of cautiously titled “parents” are helping their 7-year-old transition, speaking out against a bathroom bill in the process. It all started way earlier in his life:
One of the most eloquent opponents of Texas’ proposed gender bathroom law began identifying as a girl four years ago, when she was age 3.
It was at that age Frank and Rachel Gonzales started to realize their child, Libby, wasn’t living the life she was born to live
It was sometime around January 2016 when she asked her mom if Santa could turn her into a girl next Christmas. “At that point I said, ‘You don’t have to wait until next Christmas, it’s January. Let’s go shopping,’ ” Rachel recounted. That was the weekend her son became her daughter.
“It’s not something that we immediately jumped on board with,” Frank said, talking about his daughter’s transition. “We were very cautious; we were very hesitant, maybe too hesitant in hindsight, to accept her in her authentic self. In her authentic life.”
Under the proposed law, more commonly known as the Texas Bathroom Bill, trans men, women and children like Libby, would be required to use the restroom based on the gender that’s on their birth certificate, not how they identify.
The Gonzaleses believe the law would make their daughter less safe.
All her parents want is what any parent wants for their child, the best.
Question for these parents: does a life full of hormone treatments and maimed penis sound like “the best?” No, seriously, please enlighten my bigoted self. I’ll wait.
While we’re waiting for tolerant mommies and daddies to untwist themselves from their logic pretzel, take a gander at this other misunderstood soul below.