'My trans daughter'

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Sharon has a teenage daughter who is transgender. She describes how Nicki was born in a male body, but felt from a very young age that she should have been a girl.

 

“When my child Nick was about two, I realised that he wasn’t playing with toys that I expected a boy to play with. He was interested in dolls and girly dressing-up clothes.

“At that age, it doesn’t really matter. You just think they’re trying lots of different things, so I never made a fuss about it.

“But when he was four years old, Nick told me that God had made a mistake, and he should have been a girl. I asked my GP what I should do. He told me to wait and see, and that it might just be a phase and go away. But it didn’t. It got stronger.

“One day, when Nick was six, we were in the car and he asked me when he could have the operation to cut off his ‘willy’ and give him a ‘fanny’. His older cousin had told

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