Zach Avery: five year old chose to be a girl
“Other kids haven’t batted an eyelid. There’s been no problems.”
What about their mums and dads?
The mum-of-four said: “He just turned round to me one day and said: ‘Mummy… I’m a girl’.”
Zach has Gender Identity Disorder. Says mum:
“At first I just left it at that. But then it got serious and he would become upset if anyone referred to him as a boy. He used to cry and try to cut off his willy out of frustration.”
But now everything is fine because Zach is wearing a dress:
He has now been living happily as a girl for more than a year. At home Zach wears pink dresses and ribbons in his long, blond hair and even has a purple tutu. And at school, Purfleet Primary in Essex, he is totally accepted by the other kids.
“We explained to the other kids at the school that Zach’s body was that of a boy but in his brain he was a girl. The other kids haven’t batted an eyelid, they’ve accepted Zach as Zach and there have been no problems with bullying. The school has been brilliant and really supportive. They have changed the toilets and they address him as a girl, which is what he wants.
“When he gets a bit older, there will be more difficulties surrounding the bathroom issue, but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it — it may be that Zach will use the staff toilets.”
So. Having being diagnosed with GID, mum then tells the Sun:
“And we still put some neutral clothes in his wardrobe if he ever decides he wants to wear them. We leave it up to him to decide what he wants to do — if he changes his mind and wants to be a boy again then he does, but if he doesn’t, he doesn’t.”
This implies that Zach’s life as a girl is not dictated by his hormones and chemical make-up. It’s a conscious choice.
Good for him. But has mum just done her son a disservice..?