Monday, January 29, 2007

Transgender 12 Year-Old

When I was 12 years-old I was convinced that I wanted to spend the rest of my life as a fire-fighting, time-traveling super hero who lived in space. Keeping in mind that I was wrong, read this:

A boy of 12 is believed to have become the world's youngest sex change patient after convincing doctors that he wanted to live the rest of his life as a female.

The boy - originally called Tim, but now known as Kim - has started to receive hormone treatment, in preparation for the operation that will eventually complete the sex change.

Tim was diagnosed as a transsexual two years ago, when doctors and psychiatrists concluded that his claims to be "in the wrong body" were so deeply felt that he required treatment. The therapy involves artificially arresting male puberty, with a series of potent hormone injections before the administration of female hormones to initiate the development of features such as breasts.

I'm glad society has progressed to a point where 12 year-old children are allowed to select their gender. Someone get this kid a GI Joe, for God's sake.