Is a person born wanting to be a different sex, or does it just happen? Does someone wake up one day and say, “I think I want to change my sex”? Some people believe that it just happens, that one day a person just does not want to be the sex that they were born. Others say that a person is born with those feelings and that they just develop over time. Some say that they don’t act on those feelings during adolescence because of the stigma attached to being transgender, and the fact that kids are cruel. The fact that they don’t act on the feelings until later in their lives is the reason why some say that wanting to be a different sex just happens. Personally, I believe that a person is born knowing that they were born the wrong sex and that they keep these feelings hidden until they are comfortable enough to act on them. A person knows what sex they were born. A person knows if they were born the right sex or not. I believe that a three-year-old boy knows that he was born a boy physically, but feels inside that he should have been born a girl. Will the little boy act on these feelings at his young age? He might by playing dress-up with other girls. Of course, his mother is going to think that he is going through a phase. She is not going to think that her son wants to be a girl. As the little boy gets older, he still knows that he wants to be a girl and he might not act on those feelings as much, since he doesn’t want to get made fun of. To his mother, this proves that it was “just a phase”. In his late teens, he might start to act like a girl and dress like a girl. His mother would think that this just came out of the blue, like he just decided one day to be a girl. However, that is not the case. He knew since he was three-years-old that he should have been born a girl. When asked the question “Do you think that a person is born wanting to be a different sex and has had those feelings for a long time and never acted on them until they felt comfortable to do
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