‘In the Life’ debuts groundbreaking episode on transgender youth

Staff Reports

The award-winning news magazine “In the Life” this month will debut “Becoming Me,” featuring eight families with transgender and gender non-conforming children ranging in ages from 5 to 25.

Is it a boy or a girl? Many parents learn the answer before their baby is born, and most expect their children to develop a gender identity that mirrors biological sex within their first few years. But for transgender and gender nonconforming children, gender identity unfolds throughout childhood, adolescence and into early adulthood.

While mainstream media coverage has portrayed transgender children as a spectacle, “Becoming Me” forgoes the sensationalism with this sensitive look into the real-life experience of families whose children fall across the gender spectrum. With the healthy development of their children at stake, parents must confront binary perceptions of gender, widespread transphobia and controversial parenting decisions.

A preview is here:

“Becoming Me” begins airing April 1st on public television stations across the country and will be available for free video streaming from the In The Life Media website.

In addition to the episode debut, there will be an online discussion on transgender and gender non-conforming children on April 3, 2012.

To find out when “Becoming Me” will air in your local area, or to stream it, go to

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