(Telegraph) Case study: ‘My son was six when he first demanded a sex change’
Nicki was born a boy but as early as 18-months-old, she was already trying on her mother’s dresses and underwear. At nursery, she shunned boys’ games and preferred to play with the girls.
By four, Nicki was telling her mother Sharon, an IT manager, that “God made a mistake by making me a boy”. Two years later, she was already asking for a sex change operation.
It was at this point that Sharon, now 42, decided to attend the Gender Identity Development (GID) service at the Tavistock and Portman mental health trust in North London. Shortly after, Sharon also decided it was time to allow Nicki to attend primary school in female clothes.
“By this time, Nicki was telling everyone she had a girl brain in a boy body,” said Sharon. “She got quite a lot of stick because she was going to school as a boy and saying she was a girl.
“So, at eight, we made the decision not to let her do that.
“I let her grow her hair and she got a blouse and a skirt. She didn’t have to wear boys’ clothes at all anymore.
So if gender isn’t biological, what makes you feel like a boy or girl? If Nicki is a boy who felt like a girl, and at such an early age, does this mean his gender is something psychological?