Parents of a transgender child are being strongly criticized for their decision to allow their child to wear a dress.
According to the Daily Mail, Jody, 21, and Greg Rogers, 27, met through an online dating site years ago and got together. Then Jody gave birth to the couple's first child, Jayden. But Greg wasn't the father.
That's because Greg is a transgender man. He spots a beard below his short hairstyle. Greg is not the first transgender man in Britain, but he may be the first with a transgender child.
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Jayden, now five, was born a little boy. After recovering from ear surgery due to partial deafness, she realized she wanted to be a girl. Her unisex name made the transition easier.
However, the situation was a challenging ordeal for the family. The parents were blamed for potentially forcing the child to switch genders.
And if they hadn't forced her, they were still criticized for allowing her to wear dresses. The cyberbullying they endured was harsh and merciless.
Greg insists that this is not his doing and he took steps to clarify the matter:
“I don’t think there is a single transgender person on the planet who would push that on a child. We can’t fix society but we can help Jayden to be happy with who she is."
“We sought professional advice as Jayden was four when this started. We contacted our health visitors, GP, the school, who have offered help.”
He claims that he would not wish this on anyone else. Jayden does not even know her father is transgender.
"Having been through this myself, I have conflicting emotions about her deciding she doesn’t want to be a boy. It’s not an easy life. It’s ridiculous. Jayden knows nothing about my past. She just knows me as ‘dad.' "
“They say it’s cruel we let her wear a dress. Is it not more cruel to do nothing when you have a kid so adamant she’s a girl she’s ripping her hair off and banging her head off the walls?"
Like all loving parents, Greg and Jody just want their daughter to be happy.
"All we want is for Jayden to be happy and proud of who she is, whatever that might be."
Greg himself transitioned at the age of 16. His partner Jody is currently attending school in Shotts, North Lanarks.
The couple says that they let their daughter know they would love her as whatever she chooses to be. For now, Jayden consistently chooses to wear girls' clothing.
The young child wears her hair long and enjoys painting her nails. But his mother sometimes misses the old Jayden.
“It probably took me six months to start accepting that it was what Jayden really wanted. It’s been like a grieving process for me, though. I do miss having a son and, as a baby, Jayden looked so much like a boy. I look back at photographs of him now, in his little suits, and it’s like a different person.”
Brandy Rose is another transgender girl who feels quite different. Sadly, she is being treated more as an outcast everywhere she goes.
Back in August, the 12-year-old and her family decided to move again. They had gone through enough at the Achille, Oklahoma high school.
There, Rose was bullied for using the girls' bathroom. The same happened at their previous residence in Sherman, Texas.
Rose's mother said she no longer feels safe in the area. Though she is frustrated about it, she thinks its best for her daughter.
Despite these situations, they are many out there who do inspiring things for the transgender community.
In December 2018, Angela Ponce became the first transgender woman to compete in the Miss Universe Pageant. She was representing Spain at the event.
While she didn't win, Ponce stunned in the show's segments. She wore a gorgeous pink bikini for the swimsuit round. It showed off her slender figure and full chest.
As expected, there was much criticism online. Others expressed support and inspiration from Ponce's appearance in the pageant.
Regardless of one's stance, a show of love and positivity is better than cruel words. We wish all the families the best for the future.