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We have a daughter who was born our son... or so we thought. So how do you really know what sex you are? Simply close your eyes...

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Comment by Damien on November 21, 2009 at 18:38
Sorry i didnt get the chance to say goodbye today. Was lovely to catch up with you both and i absolutely loved the digidoc - fantastic work! D x
Comment by Katrina on November 18, 2009 at 21:55
Aaaah! Our memories are made of this. ILG always xx
Comment by Melina MIchelle Magdalena on November 18, 2009 at 19:11
Gorgeous, and made me cry again. Well done! The images look great.
Comment by Valerie Margaret Douglas on November 18, 2009 at 15:22
Absolutley beautifull..... Bless XXXXXXXX Val
Comment by Rainbow Family Tree on November 18, 2009 at 11:04
Blue for Boys? Pink for Girls? made by Molly and Brendan

We have a daughter who was born our son… or so we thought. As soon as she was able to talk, she told us otherwise. This has taken our family on a journey filled with some significant challenges yet wonderful insights. When my husband and I sat down to write this story, I had visions of the opening scene from ‘The Lion King’: when the monkey holds the baby for all in the animal kingdom to see as the mother and father look on with pride, love and adoration. This is how proud I am of our daughter and what she has taught us.

Our reason for telling this story was to raise awareness of the predicament of transsexualism (often referred to as “transgender”) in children, whilst honouring our brave and unique little girl. However, we were also concerned about how she would feel about the story as a teenager and adult. Plus, the process involved for adolescents requiring sex affirmation treatment (i.e. hormone blockers) in this country necessitates legal approval. At risk of exposing our daughter’s identity and taking away her right to privacy we decided to conceal pictures and any possible connection to her.

Our child’s lawyer gave us additional advice and we adjusted the story a little more in order to protect her in the future. This became a technical and creative challenge in our storytelling process that in a way hampered us from truly celebrating our daughter, free from shame and secrecy… However I think we succeeded in still encapsulating her joyful essence!

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