Commentary on the documentary that screened on TV1 last night (27/12/12) in New Zealand - The Boy Who Was Born A Girl
Please do watch it.
In my opinion:
So this story is fascinating. I think there's a bit missing though, the bit where the medical professions advise strongly against transitioning. The below girl says she feels like a boy, but as the documentary transpires it becomes blatantly obvious she knows nothing about boys. This teenage girl has a romantic girlie idea of what boys are like, and they're not like that at all. At 16 she embarks on testosterone therapy, but is taunted and rejected by boys in his year at school as he has no idea what boys are really like, but finds out that they are emotionally much younger than her as they started puberty a lot later than she did as a girl. I think it was a mistake to begin him on testosterone therapy as he is unconvincing to all the boys he grew up with to that date as a female.
The gym instructor being a fully grown man is much more accepting of his choice to transition. Trans guys at 16 need to learn that the boys they think they really are, are loud, obnoxious, think about sex 25/8 and do ask the most explicit questions of Trans people, and everybody else, they can dream up, because that is what teenage boys are really like. If you want to be like them, you have to act like them. It's not something they see as unusual.