Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Three transgender best friends transition together age 11 after years of bullying (10 Pics)

Bond: Lily Maerz, 11, Fiana Jefferson, 10, and Zuri Jones, 11, are all transgender girls living in the same area of Texas, and they have formed a close friendship through their gender dysphoria

Three transgender friends are supporting each other as they transition from male to female age 11.
Lily, Fiana and Zuri have been diagnosed with gender dysphoria and will soon undergo medical intervention to prevent their bodies changing from that of boys to men.
Lily, 11, from the Austin area of Texas, has already begun taking hormone blockers to prevent her going through male puberty - an irreversible change her parents wrestled with before undertaking.
“Around the age of two, Lily started asking for different types of toys, and then after that, the first big thing that we noticed was that she wanted to dress as Cinderella for Halloween,” Lily’s mum Julie Maerz said.
“Right before her eighth birthday, she came out from her room one morning and she said 'I’m Lily all the time now, only use girl pronouns. I’m not gonna be Jack anymore’.”
Julie and her family had a lot of negative responses not only from strangers, but also from their family and friends.
Support: All of the three girls - and their parents - say that their friendship has helped them to better embrace their true genders, without feeling like they are alone, or 'wrong' 

“People come out of the wood work to let you know that you are harming your child by allowing her to be trans gender and it’s something that we’ve just come to expect and something that we really just rolls off our back at this point,” Julie said.
“Once you start to read the medical background of what gender dysphoria is and that it is a medical condition, it is not just a mental state.
"It is not something that is made up, when an eight year old tells you she is in the wrong body, she means it.”
Trust: Lily (right), Fiana (center), and Zuri (left), were all born male, but each told their parents at a young age that the felt they were really female
Moving on: Lily is the only one of her friends who has begun taking hormone blockers

Stacey Jefferson, 10-year-old Fiana’s mom, said she believed she just had a boy who liked girls toys until one evening when she was putting her then-son to bed.
“The stand out moment for me when I knew I really couldn’t spend another day with Fiana not transitioning was when we were getting ready for bed and she said ‘Mama, I need to tell you that I think I was supposed to be born a girl’,” Stacey said.
“I said ‘Honey, why do you think that?’ and she said ‘Well, I have a girl brain and a girl heart. All my toys are girl things and all my friends are girls. I don’t really understand the things that boys like to do’,”
“I knew right from that moment that I needed to raise her differently.”
In the past: The tween was born as a boy named Jack, but shortly before her eighth birthday she told her parents she would only go by the name Lily

Kimberly Jones, whose daughter Zuri, 11, is also entering puberty as a transgender girl recalls the moment she knew she should allow her to transition.
“The first time we let her go shopping in a skirt, she was delighted. She was dancing around so happy, but also really nervous about what people would think or say.”
“Now it’s like she has filled out with this whole persona of who she really is.”
While the three kids are well supported by their families, all three have encountered bullying outside of the home, especially from children at school.
Lily said: “From first to third grade is when I was bullied a lot. I was really sad going to school sometimes because I knew I would be teased or bullied.”
To fully transition during their teenage years, the three girls will take hormone blockers, then begin hormone replacement therapy around the age of 14 to 16, then have gender reassignment surgery when they are 18.
Signs: Lily's mother Julie said that her child, pictured as Jack, before she began using female pronouns, had started playing with 'different types of toys' at age two

The youngsters describe how profound an effect having friends experiencing the same things as her has had on her young life so far.

“I'm glad that I have friends that actually understand what I am going through,” Fiana said.
"We immediately became friends, like, this person understands what I am going through, like, ‘Oh, my gosh. She is so nice and sweet and kind’, and I wanted to be her friend.”
Lily added: “I realised I’m not the only person who’s transgender. There are people out there who are like me.”
Confidence: Kimberly, Zuri's mother, says her daughter was overjoyed the first time she went out shopping in a skirt, but admits she was also 'really nervous' about what people might think
Key moment: Fiana's mother Stacey says her daughter turned to her one bed time and said, 'I have a girl brain and a girl heart'
Relaxing: The three girls were brought together by their gender dysmorphia, but they have since bonded over other things, and enjoy spending time just hanging out together 
Bonding: The girls, pictured with two friends, Ruby (center), and Vivienne (right), who are not trans, are all at different stages of their transition

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