Skip to comments.Mom hopes transgender child will help others ‘be free’
Posted on 06/23/2013 7:19:55 AM PDT by mkleesma
Danielle Sheridan, age 8, was born a boy. Before she was 3, she began telling her parents she was a girl. It wasn't a phase. She was insistent. She identified with Cinderella. She wanted to grow up and marry a prince. She began dressing like a girl at home. We kept it in our home only because of our fear of society. We wanted her to be happy, but we wanted her to be safe, said her mom, Leah Sheridan, 35. Finally, her daughter said she didnt want to live if she had to live as a boy. She said that God made a mistake and that she was born with the wrong body parts, said Sheridan. We waited to see if it was a phase, but no, its deep in her heart, her soul and her brain. Danielle is a transgender child. Once utterly taboo, transgender children, even young children, are finding it easier to live their true lives. After seeking counselling with a gender therapist at Family Services of York Region, Danielles parents allowed her to decide whether she would choose to live as a girl or a boy. In a flash she was off, stuffing all her boy clothes into garbage bags. She had picked out a new name: Danielle. A couple of the boys at her school didnt understand, but they came around. Teachers in the school bought books to help her classmates understand the change. Danielles brother was and remains her biggest supporter. Danielle is happier, bubbly and now doing well at school. She no longer talks about not wanting to live. On Saturday, Danielle led a colourful mermaid float in the first pride parade in York Region, winding through Richmond Hill. The family had worked on the float for weeks with friends. My daughter had the time of her life, said Sheridan. Richmond Hill Mayor David Barrow threw his support behind the event. Were a very inclusive community in Richmond Hill, whether its faith, gender or sexual orientation, said Barrow, after the parade. He was unable to attend this year due to a scheduling conflict the parade was put together in about three weeks. But he said he plans to attend a pride week barbecue in Richmond Hill on Sunday and will participate in the York Region pride parade next year. With two floats and some 200 people, the parade traveled west on Lorne Ave. then north along Yonge St., past the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts. It ended at the Falcon and Firkin pub, where organizers celebrated over brunch. It was a historic event, Day One for a journey that is just starting, said one of the organizers, Jacob Gal, who lives in Vaughan. Fellow organizer Dave Williams said they wanted to make the point that residents dont have to pretend to be heterosexual when theyre north of Steeles Ave. theres a diverse community north of Steeles too. One reason we wanted a parade this year is theres nothing like a parade for visibility, said Williams. Mayor Rob Ford has been noncommittal about whether he will attend any events at this years pride celebration in Toronto, which began June 21 and runs 10 days. Its the largest pride celebration in the world, drawing an estimated 1.2 million participants, according to organizers. It ends June 30, when the 33rd annual pride parade will march through the city. According to organizers the event celebrates the history, courage, diversity and future of Toronto's LGBTTIQQ2SA communities, which stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited and Allies. Leah Sheridan knows there are other families with transgender children in the region. She felt it was important to support Danielle publicly by taking part in the parade, so she would know how much support is out there for her. There are other people suffering the way she did. Maybe her courage will let them be free and be who they are, she said.
You can't make this stuff up.
Poor, messed up kid.
Child abuse personified. Arrest this fool of a “mother”.
I see the words “Parents” and “Mother” but I see no mention of “Dad”.
Some boys love girls so much they want to be one. Same with girls. This child was never taught to be a loving boy.
At one time, I identified as a bull dyke lesbian trapped in a man’s body. ( sarc )
Interesting that the dad ain’t saying anything!
Children will try to please their parents. So if their parents make a big fuss over certain behaviors, they will develop those behaviors.
I wonder how much of this is rooted in his ultra-liberal parents misinterpreting an infant boy’s normal behavior of wanting to wear makeup or nail polish because his mother is wearing them as being evidence of “transgender” tendencies. Little boys do get over such behavior as they realize that it’s “girl stuff.” Reading more into it than is really there—especially to this extreme—is horribly abusive.
Age 8? Whiskey tango foxtrot?
I’m trying to determine who is more mentally disturbed, the kid or Mom. The kid might respond to reason and maturing. The Mom, probably not.
So, how much time has the BOY been spending with "Uncle Ernie"?
>>LGBTTIQQ2SA - “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited and Allies”
What about GENDERQUEER? I’m offended they left it out!
They should call themselves the Anti-Straight League to cut down on the confusion.
If this boy said he was a dog would Mom put a collar and leash on him and would the school make his classmates call him Rover and play fetch with him?
This is State enforced denial of reality. Its the very worst form of tyranny.
Exactly. This is child abuse, period. The child should be taken away from this twisted mess of a “mother.”
Mom is an idiot.
The West is truly f——d.
Leah Sheridan and daughter Danielle pose with some of the props for their float in York Region's first Pride parade, which took place in Richmond Hill on Saturday.
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