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An insight into having a child that wants to be transgender

West Auckland boy Ben, 11, is a female-to-male trans boy who socially transitioned when he was six years old.

When I visited his home in Glen Eden, he was enjoying a hot afternoon shooting hoops in his driveway and kicking around a ball on the lawn. But unlike many of his friends at intermediate, he has a lot of decisions to make about the medical side of transitioning to male.

With puberty just around the corner, Ben has recently made the decision to start taking puberty-blocking hormones.

Accompanied by his mother Rebecca, every three months Ben takes the bus to a clinic where he gets an injection that stops him developing the physical characteristics associated with adult women.

“If I want to be myself [a male] there’s nothing else I could choose to do. I’ve already made my decision, no matter what, I’m going to stay who I am.” Read more »