A 4-year-old in Australia is the first to openly transition, and is trying to do so before the school year starts. The New South Wales Department of Education is fully backing the transition of the child, which is amazing as not all schools or districts (as we know in the U.S.) are as accommodating and supportive of transgender students.
“We have a number of students who are going through gender transition in our schools, with the youngest being a 4-year-old at the moment,” NSW Education Department deputy secretary of school operations told Evening Standard UK. “The Safe Schools (program) is only one resource that can be used in how we would support that family, student and school to accommodate a child going through transition.”
According to the Daily Telegraph, it’s not uncommon for even three-year-olds to be referred to hospitals and psychologists for gender dysphoria.
The school has not revealed the child’s name or gender in respect for the family’s privacy.
The story has garnered arguments on both sides. Rose Cantall, clinical psychologist, said that she believed it was too early for a four-year-old to transition: “I would be very hesitant and other psychologists would say the same. Everything is developmental at that age.”
On the other hand, Catherine McGregor, a trans rights activist, said: “In my experience, kids with strong cross-gender identification tend to get it right.”
Michael Carr-Gregg, a clinical psychologist added, that there’s a “huge difference between dress-ups and a child believing with every fiber of their being they are in the wrong body,” and most children and parents are able to tell the difference.
We wish the young child and their family luck and commend the New South Wales Department of Education for setting a wonderful example for the world.