A 5-year-old boy in the U.K., who told his parents at 3 he was a girl, has been diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder. While that diagnosis came only recently, he's been living as a girl for two years, even using the girl's washroom at his school.
Zach Avery is his name and his Mom, Theresa, told the U.K. publication the Daily Star on Feb. 19 that while she would love to have her son back the best thing seems to be to continue to support his decision, however young he was when he made it, to live as a little girl.
“He just turned round one day when he was three and said: ‘Mummy, I’m a girl.’ I assumed he was going through a phase," Theresa Avery said. “But then it got serious and he would become upset if anyone referred to him as a boy.” Theresa said Zach even tried to cut off his penis in frustration at having one.
Youngest Gender Disordered Brit
Since his declaration he was a girl, Zach wears dresses, long-hair and pigtails and his room is adorned with pink and red colors and the kind of stuffed animals and toys more often associated with girls. His school has been supportive and so have the children there, his Mom says.
"We explained to the other kids that Zachy's body was that of a boy, but in his brain he was a girl. We said Zach was just happier being a girl. The other kids haven’t batted an eyelid – there’s been no bullying.”
In the U.K. the national body for the Gender Identity Disorder is called the Tavistock and Portman Foundation and it was there Zach's parents took their son/daughter and there his diagnoses was made. The foundation reports that in the U.K. 165 children were diagnosed with the disorder in 2011, compared with just 97 in 2008.