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.
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.
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.
While the three kids are well supported by their families, all three have encountered bullying outside of the home, especially from children at school.
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.
The youngsters describe how profound an effect having friends experiencing the same things as her has had on her young life so far.