Do Young Children Really Know if They are Transgender?

| by Michael Allen

Can children actually know whether or not they are transgender? 'My (Extra) Ordinary Family: Transgender Kids,' airing on ABC tonight, focuses on three children, one of who is Jackie, a 10-year-old who was anatomically born a boy, but claims to feel better as a girl.

According to Jackie's parents, when their child was 18-months-old, he wanted to wear sparkles and dress-up.  Jackie's sister, Sagan, was the first to ask if him if he really wanted to be a girl. "Yeah," he told his sister.

Whe Jackie turned 10, he went to his mom, crying. "I'm a girl and I can't do this anymore." Without hesitation, his mom Jennifer said, "It's gonna be okay."

Jackie's family then abandoned the pronoun "he." At first, they only let Jackie wear female clothing at home, but eventually allowed him to live as a girl full-time, at school and elsewhere. When asked, Jackie's father John says he has two daughters.

What do you think? Should children be allowed to decide their own gender, regardless of their biological assignment as male or female?