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Exerpt from Huffington Post

Turns out there are parents in the news who do the right thing. Jennifer and John of Ohio have a transgender 10-year-old child, and they support Jackie’s decision to live life as a girl.

Since she was 18-months-old, “it was always dancing, dress-up, ” says her mother Jennifer. Jackie loved the color pink and wearing ballerina outfits. She wanted sparkles and pretty shoes.

So when Jackie was about two-years-old, Jennifer started looking on the Internet, she tells “Good Morning America.” That’s when she first learned about transgender and started to wonder.

Jackie’s sister, Sagan, was the first to ask if she really wanted to be a girl. “Yeah,” she told her sister.

And when Jackie was just ten years old, she went to her mom, crying. “I’m a girl and I can’t do this anymore,” Jackie said. Without hesitation, Jennifer said, “It’s gonna be okay.” There was no judgment or disappointment.

Jackie’s family abandoned the pronoun “he.” At first, they only let her wear girls clothing at home, but eventually allowed her to live as a girl full-time, at school and elsewhere. When asked, Jackie’s father John says he has two daughters.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/31/transgender-10-year-old-j_n_943654.html?1314818561

Excerpt from CNN.com

In what is believed to be a world first, Nepal’s Central Bureau of Statistics is giving official recognition to gay and transgender people — a move seen as major victory for equality in a country that only decriminalized homosexual relationships three years ago.

Among those happy to stand up and be counted in the third gender category is Dilu Buduja, 35. “I was born as a girl, but as I grew up I felt I was a boy. Today I totally feel like a man,” he said.

A spokesman for the statistics bureau, Bikash Bista, said the new categorization was an attempt to open up the traditionally conservative country up to different points of view.

But the state’s recognition of the rights of gender minorities, gays and lesbians has not come without a fight.

"We had to put in a lot of pressure to have the third gender counted in the census," said gender minority rights activist Sunil Babu Pant.

"It was only after we said that we would go to court that the officials agreed to include the third gender as a category."

If the case had gone to court, it would likely have been upheld thanks to a landmark 2007 Supreme Court ruling that directed the state to end discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and decriminalize “unnatural sex.”

It also decreed the issue of citizenship certificates that clearly indicate an individual’s choice of gender identity.

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