May 03, 2013
By The Times editorial board
Amber was born a male but has been living as a girl. When this photo was taken, she was 12 years old and had been on puberty blockers for a year. Society is only beginning to understand transgender identity. For a young person who feels at odds with the physical gender that he or she sees in the mirror, there are major obstacles to be faced in the world at large, where acceptance is just about where it was for gay people 30 years ago. Even for those transgender children or teenagers who have supportive parents — and many don’t — it’s not an easy existence.