Parenting a Transgender Child
When Sara and Micah’s oldest daughter Naima showed resistance to wearing dresses and playing typical “girl” games, they thought she was a tomboy who someday could be a lesbian, until the day when Naima told Sara she shouldn’t keep correcting people when they confused Naima for a boy.
It’s been about a year now since Naima became Daniel, with full support from his school, friends and parents. But as he grows older, there are lots of unanswered questions. Daniel is 8, but what happens in a few years when he hits puberty? Host Jim Meadows talks with Sara and Micah about their son and about his transition from Naima to Daniel at school, at home and in the community.
Psychologist March Hidalgo, who works with trans-gendered youth and gender non-conforming youth at the Children’s Hospital of Chicago, also joins us. He’ll tell us about what options transgendered children and parents have as kids grow older and will talk with us about some of the social obstacles transgendered youth face.