Growing up Transgender

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – AJ (not a real name) was a typical little boy dressed in football onesies when he was tiny, and sweatshirts and baseball caps as he grew. His parents kept his hair short as he began to walk and run. They had toys they thought were appropriate.

Debi and Tom (we’re withholding their surname as a privacy issue) have two children. Their oldest is a boy. Their youngest, AJ, was, too, until they were convinced by their child. AJ started trying to convince them at age 3.

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An Interview With Janet Mock

janet_mockAuthor Janet Mock talks being a woman, battling against media sound bites, and her new memoir, Redefining Realness.

by Ron Hogan, BuzzFeed Contributor

On the Life Stories podcast (available on iTunes), memoir writers talk about their lives and the art of writing memoir. Janet Mock’s interview took place the morning after her second appearance on CNN’s Piers Morgan Live — where Morgan showed less interest in discussing Mock’s book, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, than in attacking her and other trans people for not being sufficiently appreciative of the attention he’d given them, and for getting upset when he said she was “born a boy.” It’s a familiar struggle for Mock. “Ever since I was a child,” she says, “I was fighting, mostly the people I loved, against their ideas of who I should be or who they expected me to be based on what they learned in the world, especially about gender expectations. Trying to explain that to people who want to sound bite my experience in order to entice readers or viewers has been a huge battle.”

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