‘When do I get to be a boy?’: Transgender youth can’t remember a time when he was happy to be a girl
When 11-year-old Wren Kauffman goes back to school this week, he won’t be hiding the fact that he’s actually a girl.
Teachers, friends and other students at his Edmonton school know the truth — that he’s a girl on the outside but feels like a boy on the inside. And that’s why, even at such a young age, he has chosen to live in the world as the opposite sex, and not keep it a secret.
“If you’re not yourself, then it kind of gets sad and depressing,” says the freckle-faced kid with short-cropped hair.
“I’m glad that I told everybody.”
More students these days are not just coming out in school as gay but also as transgender or transsexual, and they’re doing it at younger ages, says Kris Wells, a researcher with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services at the University of Alberta. (Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)