"You're special. God made you special, Because there aren't very many little girls out there that have a penis," that's what Renee Jennings and her husband tell their son, who is one of the youngest transgendered kids in America, according to ABC.
Locomotive Breath 1901 is calling the story that aired on ABC's 20/20 a glorification of child abuse and we'd have to agree.
The parents said, "We don't encourage, we support." If that were true, then why are you having to repeatedly remind him that he is special for being a female with a man's junk? Obviously, the child is not feeling comfortable with what his parents and doctor are calling 'gender identity disorder'.
When the child was two years old he asked his mother, "Mommy, when's the good fairy going to come with her magic wand and change, you know, my genitalia?" Really, he spontaneously asked this question? What two year old knows the word genitalia?
Already the child is an outcast. His teachers have been informed he is a male, but his gender is being kept a secret from other students who think he is a girl. His mother is afraid to let him go to friends' homes for fear of their parents discovering his secret.
Most parents can attest to their children presenting some traits of the opposite sex. How many of our readers sons liked helping mom put on toe nail polish, or perhaps wanted to play with a sister's doll or kitchen playset? How many parents watch their daughters enjoy wearing pants versus dresses or playing sports instead of playing with dolls?
These traits do not make them victims of ''gender identity disorder', it makes them normal. But what happens when a parent sees their son play with a doll and decides to grow his hair out, pierce his ears, and put him in dresses and tell him he was born with the wrong genitals?
Experts define emotional child abuse as "[a]ny attitude or behavior interfering with a child's mental or social development." To say that is what the parents in this case have done is saying it lightly.
We just want to know what his parents are going to do when he comes home one day from junior high and tells them he is in love with a girl in his class. Will they tell him he must be a lesbian or will they admit they screwed their kid up for life and pay for a lifetime of therapy to try and reverse the damage they've done to their child?
It's one thing to support your child when they come to you at a mature age and tell you they are homosexual or they feel they were born in the wrong body. It's quite another to teach them at a crucial development age that they are of the opposite sex and that God just made them special.
We are deeply saddened to think about the years of difficulties this child is going to have to face in life as a result of the identity crisis his parents created for him.