Inspiring new documentary shows what life is really like for transgender kids


Meet Paddy, a 7-year-old transgender girl from Leicester, England. This brave little girl is now one of the stars of the British documentary series, which tells the real life stories of transgender youths.

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My Transgender Kid sheds light on what life is really like for people making the incredibly challenging, yet brave transition.

In the clip below, Paddy and her father (also named Paddy) engage in a conversation about the transition. As the 7-year-old explains to her father very matter-of-factly:

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Paddy's mother, Lorna, says that the transition has been difficult for many family members. As explained by many parents of transgender children, there is this sense of grief as you are mourning the "loss" of one child, to make room for this new identity.

Lorna uses the imagery of a caterpillar becoming a butterfly to symbolize the transition. There is obvious emotion in her voice, as the transition is a complex one.

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Born in the Wrong Body is a series on U.K.'s Channel 4, and this season, focusses on transgender children. According to The Independent, the series is "sensitively handled and heartbreaking."

Learn about another transgender child's transition here:

Meet Q, A 9-Year-Old Transgender Boy From Brooklyn
Meet Q, A 9-Year-Old Transgender Boy From Brooklyn

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