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A Day in the Life of an 11-Year-Old Transgender Boy: AUDIO

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Wren Kauffman is living proof of the progress that transgender people are making in North America. He is 11 years old, just started grade 6 in Edmonton, Alberta and he recently came out to his school as transgender. His brave steps have garnered him media attention across Canada. 

Wren said he was originally apprehensive about coming out to his classmates. But after he did come out he wasn't bullied or called names, he said. And he has the full support of his teachers and the school division to back him up in case anything does happen.

From CTV News:

At all Edmonton Public Schools, there are rules to protect lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer students – the district was the first in western Canada to enact such rules.

“With regards to the washroom, he uses the male washroom,” [Stacey Taylor, Wren's teacher] said. “Same as the camping trip, he identifies as male so we put him with the male students.”

The CTV article contrasts Wren's story with that of Coy Mathis, a 6-year-old girl in Colorado whose school refused to allow her to use the girls' washroom. Coy's parents were left with the choice to leave her in that hostile environment or homeschool her. They chose the latter. 

The video-profile of Wren can be watched here. The CBC broadcast a radio program on Wren which can be played AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. the heart sings! wonderful kid, wonderful family, wonderful community.

    this is the future, and it's glorious.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Sep 16, 2013 6:24:36 PM

  2. Brave? You've truly lost the plot, Towleroad.

    You shouldn't muck around with gender at such a young age. At this age, kids are still forming their views and should not be rail-roaded into decisions they might regret later.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 16, 2013 6:25:10 PM

  3. Shut up bob. You have no idea what you're talking about

    Posted by: Will | Sep 16, 2013 6:49:00 PM

  4. Once again Canada shows the US what it is like to be compassionate and intelligent

    Posted by: Bubba | Sep 16, 2013 6:49:19 PM

  5. @Bob, the decision is coming from him. Hormonal treatments don't get administered until they are teenagers and he will decide if it is right/wrong for him.

    We don't want transphobia in our group. It is LGBT. Get over it or get lost!

    Posted by: Bryce Ageno | Sep 16, 2013 6:50:32 PM

  6. i'm so happy some kids get to have wonderful, amazing, supportive parents!

    and bob: it is my experience that most transgendered people realize their real gender at a very young age. and i am yet to meet a trans person that regretted making the transition.

    Posted by: PJ | Sep 16, 2013 6:50:52 PM

  7. Trans people tend to be anti-gay. Don't want them associated with homosexual rights.

    As for the kid, he will never have a uterus, so what exactly is he transitioning to? Listen, kid, just be what nature gave you. Don't try to become that which you aren't.

    Posted by: Bob | Sep 16, 2013 7:16:49 PM

  8. More fun to go from boy to girl.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 16, 2013 7:21:42 PM

  9. Bob has shown us how ignorant he is. Go troll somewhere else.

    Posted by: bollox | Sep 16, 2013 7:50:28 PM

  10. I agree with Bob.

    Posted by: Zeta | Sep 16, 2013 7:59:42 PM

  11. There's literally no proof that trans people tend to be anti gay.

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Sep 16, 2013 8:05:56 PM

  12. Also, Bob, I'm curious if you mind the fact that you sound a lot like the FRC?

    Posted by: TheDrDonna | Sep 16, 2013 8:09:13 PM

  13. I don't agree with Bob, but I agree that there is no way a child this age knows if they are transgender. It really sounded like his mom was pushing for it. I was the exact same way. I wore makeup wanted to only wear dresses, etc. I was convinced I was in the wrong body until I was into puberty. Thankfully this was before this crazy overzealous PC crap because today I am just a gay guy. Young kids often don't understand their feelings and think because they are more feminine or more masculine that they must be transgender. I would really hate my parents right now if that had done this to me.

    Posted by: Michael | Sep 16, 2013 8:17:09 PM

  14. Have to agree with Bob. I don't children can really be making these decisions. Hopefully no one is starting them on hormones and what not.

    Posted by: Homo Genius | Sep 16, 2013 8:29:09 PM

  15. Children have an inborn sense of gender starting around the age of 3. Also, until they reach the age of majority, most doctors won't prescribe hormones or surgery or any other non-reversible treatment. If they are experiencing dysphoria when puberty begins, most doctors will put them on puberty blockers, which postpone puberty. This is fully reversible, and it lets them mature to the age of majority when they can make their own decision regarding which gender they feel best represents them, at which point they either start taking hormones, or they stop taking the blockers and let their body go through puberty.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Sep 16, 2013 9:12:56 PM

  16. I would like to suggest that perhaps this child is too young to make this determination. Lots of people have notions, opinions and ways of looking at things and themselves as kids that do not last for days, weeks or years. I think it is wonderful that his parents are accepting of their children however they might turn out. But I think putting labels on anyone, especially a child is harmful. There is just such a psychological component to transgender issues and feeling one is trapped in the body of the wrong gender. To make this determination at age 11 is a bit troubling. I just hope this child continues to receive this level of support throughout "his" life decisions, whatever they might be, or whether they change.

    Posted by: Macguffin54 | Sep 16, 2013 9:21:26 PM

  17. I agree with the radical feminist theorists who argue that it's homophobic and sexist to identify interests and one's sense of self with a particular gender. There's nothing female about dresses and nothing male about short hair and sports. Every gender non conforming young gay man or woman is at risk of being forced into a trans label in order to fit a ridiculous gender binary. I think it's sad and ridiculous that everybody has to pretend this young woman is a boy. It's great how all dissent is called trolling.

    Posted by: Stu | Sep 16, 2013 9:46:39 PM

  18. It's not about clothes or pastimes, it's about a sense of "rightness" in ones own body. It's about knowing that you should have a penis or a vagina, that your body should fit the pattern that your mind has for it. I know trans women who have been badly injured when they became so distressed by their genitalia that they tried to cut them off themselves. That has nothing to do with clothes or sports or hair.

    Posted by: Thedrdonna | Sep 16, 2013 9:52:39 PM

  19. Agree with Bob and Michael.

    Posted by: Sam | Sep 16, 2013 10:12:11 PM

  20. It's the 21st century... and kids are more in tune who they are... I hope him the best.

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin the bleacher Preacher | Sep 16, 2013 10:17:02 PM

  21. Chances are this kid has felt this way long before the age of 11. Think about it, no average girl is going to WANT to be a boy at that age, so the feeling must be very strong. And if Wren decides he wants to be a girl again later, so what? The great thing is that this person gets control over who they are and that no matter what, they get support. Does it really matter what gender this kid is as long as he's happier being whatever he wants to be? What difference does it make if he's male or female? Does society get to decide our life or do we get to decide? That's the overriding question and Wren answers it beautifully for himself at this time. He might answer it differently later, and that's OK, too, it's his life.

    Posted by: johnny | Sep 16, 2013 10:23:29 PM

  22. I'm baffled at the argument that the parents are "mucking around" with the kid's life. Wouldn't forcing the child into dresses constitute "mucking around"?

    Posted by: BobN | Sep 17, 2013 1:32:20 AM

  23. Wren made the news here in his home city of Edmonton, Alberta and across Canada and he is supported by his friends, classmates, school, family, city and country. Just shows how brave and inspiring a 11 year old can be when one realizes who they REALLY are!

    Posted by: Darrell | Sep 17, 2013 2:38:01 AM

  24. I only wish my family had been that open minded.

    Posted by: Jay | Sep 17, 2013 3:49:49 AM

  25. This is one of the most refreshing and inspiring stories I have seen in a long time in regards to transgender issues. As a society we would do better to talk less and listen more. This child has a story he wants to express to us, the least we can do is listen. Who knows what his story will be ten years from now, but that will come when it comes. Let's support him in expressing himself in a way that brings him the most happiness and sense of self. We owe all children that.

    Posted by: Marc | Sep 17, 2013 4:23:42 AM

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