Moving video: Parents conclude their 5 y.o. girl is actually a boy

A really fascinating video that’s gone rather superviral on YouTube.

It’s about some parents who realized quite early on that their little girl, Ryland, was actually a little boy.

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It’s a touching video, and really brave of the parents to do it. (Kids aren’t the only ones who “come out” in these situations).

A gay male friend of mine confided in me years ago that he always had these doubts that he was actually a girl. In my case, I don’t know that I “feel” any gender. I’m a guy, but unlike my sexual orientation, which I get (and which has rather obvious manifestations — I’m attracted to guys), I’m hard-pressed to define whether I feel like I was assigned the right or wrong gender at birth. It doesn’t feel like much of anything. And perhaps that’s what it’s like for people who aren’t trans.

I’d be curious if anyone else out there, who isn’t transgender, actually “feels” like a man or a woman. Maybe gender is one of those things you take for granted unless and until you’ve been assigned the wrong one.

The video is a bit long at 7 minutes, but you can zoom ahead from time to time and get the picture – the first few minutes are the most important.


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