The trans fa­ther let­ting his child switch gen­der

Daily Express - - The Crusader - By Lucy Thorn­ton Jackie Grant

BRI­TAIN’S first trans­gen­der fam­ily say they have been shunned and abused after let­ting their five-yearold – who was born a boy – iden­tify as a girl.

Lit­tle Jay­den Rogers lives with her mum, Jody, 21, and step-dad Greg Rogers, 27, who was born a woman.

They are pos­si­bly Bri­tain’s first two-gen­er­a­tion trans­gen­der fam­ily.

Jay­den loves wear­ing a dress with her Bat­man shoes and dress­ing up as Princess Anna from the film Frozen. But the cou­ple say they have been vic­tims of bul­ly­ing and given the cold shoul­der by other par­ents, who refuse to let their chil­dren play with Jay­den.

The cou­ple are be­ing ac­cused of en­cour­ag­ing Jay­den to be a girl – with Greg, who tran­si­tioned at the age of 16, tak­ing most of the blame.

Greg and univer­sity stu­dent Jody, who live to­gether in Shotts, North La­nark­shire, have hit back at their crit­ics. He said: “We’ve had peo­ple say­ing we’re us­ing and Jay­den for at­ten­tion and that she just wants to be a girl be­cause I changed sex.

“It’s ridicu­lous. Jay­den knows noth­ing about my past. She just knows me as dad.”

Jody met Jay­den’s bi­o­log­i­cal fa­ther when she was 16 and still at school. She be­came preg­nant but says her ex has not been in­volved in the young­ster’s life since.

Cruel

Jody met Greg three years ago after try­ing on­line dat­ing and they set up home to­gether around last April.

She knew from the start that Greg had changed gen­der at 16. He had his breasts re­moved but is yet to un­dergo re­as­sign­ment surgery on his gen­i­tals.

Jody said: “I knew Greg had been born a fe­male but I had no fears. He’s just a typ­i­cal man.”

The fam­ily said they lived a “nor­mal life” un­til Jay­den, who was born with par­tial hear­ing, re­cov­ered from an ear op­er­a­tion last Fe­bru­ary.

Jody said: “She started talk­ing for the first time re­ally and weeks later told us she hates be­ing a boy and that she’s ac­tu­ally a girl. She wanted to wear girl’s clothes, so we de­cided to go with the flow and bought them for her.”

The cou­ple claim they were told by the au­thor­i­ties to move away to solve the prob­lem. They re­fused, but have since suf­fered a bar­rage of on­line in­sults from anony­mous trolls.

Greg said: “They say it’s cruel to let her wear a dress.

“But is it not more cruel to do noth­ing when you’ve got a kid who’s so adamant she’s a girl that she’s rip­ping her hair off and bang­ing her head off the walls?”

Jay­den is now on the wait­ing list for a Glas­gow clinic that of­fers a young peo­ple’s gen­der ser­vice.

Too young for med­i­ca­tion or hor­mone treat­ment, she will re­ceive coun­selling over the next few years.

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