Tyra Banks interviews transgender Elementary School children [video]

Posted by JD Uy
February 2, 2010 3:29 PM |

''When I was a little baby, I always used to be a girl. But my mom and dad didn't know that. So, I couldn't talk then, but when I was old enough that I could talk, I dressed up into a girl. And my mom said, 'Why are you dressed up as a girl?' And I said, 'Because I'm a girl.' And the people said I'm a gay boy. And my friend said, um, I'm a gay boy and that she's going to call the police to take me to jail.''

Josie, an 8-year-old transgender girl who describes her penis as a "birth defect." Tyra Banks interviewed Josie and her family along with other transgender kids on her talk show. (Tyra Show)


''I do like robots, and dinosaurs, and wars and all boys stuff. And I just don't like girls' stuff and dresses.''

Kennedy, a 7-year-old transgender boy who told Tyra Banks that being put in dresses made him mad, and having his hair cut short makes him happy. (Tyra Show)


''The monthly cycle is completely devastating. It's like, how would a guy feel getting his period? It's just weird.... I wear a [breast] binder to stay flat ... like 8-12 hours or else your back is gonna hurt.''

Ryan, a 15-year-old transgender boy describing some of the issues he deals with as a male in a female body. (Tyra Show)


''I do sex-change surgery. The average age of people who come to me for surgery is 48 years old. Of those, 48 year olds, 90% of them report that they felt this way since the age of 2, 3, 4, 5 years old. Just like the kids you just heard. It doesn't go away!''

The famous transgender doctor, Marci Bowers, on the Tyra Banks Show, debating Michael Brown, a professor and minister who is latching onto the American Psychological Association's controversial and confusing psychological diagnosis called "Gender Identity Disorder." The APA website contains a section with answers to a number of questions on gender identity issues -- none of which appear to take the anti-transgender tone of Michael Brown. The APA also offers a detailed report that discusses the desire of many who wish for the diagnosis of "Gender Identity Disorder" to be removed from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (or DSM). (Tyra Show)



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