‘I don’t want a willy, I want a vagina’

2011-04-16 07:45

Sydney – Australia’s Family Court has given permission for a 10-year-old schoolboy to begin the hormone treatment that would halt the onset of male puberty and let him continue “generally presenting as a very attractive young girl with long blond hair”.

In a judgment reported today, Justice Linda Dessau said that “Jamie”, one of non-identical twin boys, had since 2009 been accepted as a girl by his parents, his twin, his classmates and his teachers, had used the girls’ toilets at school and slept in the girls’ dormitory at camp.

In a statement to the court, Jamie’s mother said she feared depression and self-harm would result if hormone treatment was withheld.

“At the moment [Jamie] can live comfortably as a girl, is socially confident and suffers no teasing or social isolation,” she said. “If male features become obvious, I fear that [Jamie] will not easily be able to live as female.”

She said Jamie was diagnosed with gender identity disorder when aged 7 and subsequently began dressing as a girl and being treated as a girl.

She insisted that every effort had been made to bring him up as a boy, including a boys’ hairstyle, clothes and toys.

She said Jamie told her: “Mummy, it’s so hard trying to be a boy” and asked: “When is my fairy godmother going to turn me into a girl?”

When queried about gender, Jamie said: “Mummy, I don’t want a willy, I want a vagina.”

Dessau ordered the court to reconvene before irreversible gender assignment surgery was considered in around five years’ time.

The court heard that a specialist doctor had declared that Jamie looked “convincingly female in every way” despite having typical male genitalia and the chromosomes of a typical male.

The doctor said Jamie had a “very clear, consistent and unambiguous image of herself as an attractive girl developing into an attractive young woman,” adding that “when she looks at her own male body she experiences a sense of disgust and revulsion which has been intensifying over recent times.”

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