Five-year-old tells parents she is trans

The parents of a five-year-old trans in England applauded for allowing their child to live as a girl

Five-year-old tells parents she is trans
21 February 2012

A five-year-old child from Essex has become one of the youngest transgender people in the UK.

Zach Avery was just three years old when mother-of-four Theresa was told by her child, ‘Mummy, I’m a girl’, reported The Sun newspaper.

‘I assumed he was just going through a phase and just left it at that,’ Theresa said.

‘But then it got serious and he would become upset if anyone referred to him as a boy.

‘He used to cry and try to cut off his willy out of frustration.’

After taking him to a specialist in London, Zach was diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder.

Theresa and father Darren, however, have been fully supportive and Zach has been living as a girl for more than a year now, wearing dresses and ribbons in her hair.

Her primary school has been equally understanding, allowing Zach to wear a girl’s school uniform and use special toilets.

However, the parents say they will leave it up to Zach to decide what he wants to do in the future and will respect his decision either way.

Trans Media Watch treasurer, Helen Belcher, says Theresa and Darren’s attitude is a ‘welcoming development’.

‘The important thing is that the parents are supporting the child to express him or herself in a way the child is comfortable with,’ said Belcher, who believes people’s identity is fairly fixed from birth.

She told Gay Star News: ‘Lots of people have known that they were trans since the age of five, six or seven and it’s not unknown for that to be obvious beforehand.

‘It’s quite possible that this child might decide later on that actually she’s quite happy being a boy and that would be perfectly fine.’

Belcher says she also knew from an early age that she was trans.

‘Certainly by the age of seven, I knew that I couldn’t tell anybody else,’ she explained.

‘I must have expressed it in some way by that age and told it was not appropriate to do so.’

She added: ‘But these parents are prepared to take that at face value, rather than imposing their idea of what the child should be.

‘What this allows this child to do, irrespective of whether they choose to be female from here on in or not, is learn to deal with the world, not hide from it, which is fantastic.’

According to the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, which diagnosed Zach with GID, 165 children have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria this year and only seven children under the age of five were diagnosed last year.



No thumbnail available

Meet the daughter of two lesbians who's campaigning against same-sex marriage

After being raised by her mom and mom's partner, the former LGBTI rights activist has 'come out' against same-sex marriage
No thumbnail available

Obama has made FBI and CIA gay, says family activist

Camenker, a US family rights and pro-life activist said the FBI and CIA have 'gone gay' and that a 'terrorist movement' de-listed homosexuality as a mental illness 
No thumbnail available

This is how you should spend your five star trip to Ibiza

Luxury villas and VIP treatment, if you can this is an amazing way to spend time on this Spanish island
No thumbnail available

Whoopi Goldberg to Christians opposed to gay marriage: 'It is coming whether you're comfortable with it or not.'

'I remember Jesus had a lot of different kinds of friends. Jesus never turned anybody away'
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Transgender woman to stand for election in Pakistan

For the first time hijras (transgender women) are eligible to stand for election in Pakistan
Get managers to actually say the words ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ to combat workplace prejudice

Get managers to actually say the words ‘gay’ and ‘lesbian’ to combat workplace prejudice

EY hosted a webinar today that explored eight key ways to advance LGBT policies and strengthen global LGBT inclusion
No thumbnail available

Real World alum Danny Roberts returns to television in scripted series DTLA

Tells Gay Star News: ‘I’m all grown up now’
No thumbnail available

LadyRocker finds Peace of mind

LadyRock star Heather Peace chats about her long-awaited debut album, Simon Cowell and Lip Service
No thumbnail available

US President Obama gives gay dads a Father's Day shout out

'Married or single, gay or straight, natural or adoptive', the President says he supports dads who are involved and committed to their children