This piece in the New York Times caught my eye. It's about kids who identify strongly with the other gender. Some parents are letting their kids cross-dress, but it's not an easy decision.
In the past, that sort of behaviour was treated as a psychological problem. Now therapists aren't so sure. They wonder if the depression and suicides seen in adults who see themselves as transgender could be avoided.
Given the amount of verbal and physical abuse a transgender pre-teen or teen would get in your average North American community, I'm not sure anyone's going to be able to avoid psychological distress.
About 15-20% of boys who grow up identifying themselves as girls will want to change their sex when they reach adulthood, says a Toronto psychologist.
trannies transsexuals, I watched Transamerica recently. The beauty of the film isn't that Felicity Huffman plays a transgender man. It's that she plays a messed-up person who happens to be transgender.
You can catch a good interview with writer-director Duncan Tucker on the Creative Screenwriting Magazine podcasts (February 2006).
The best part of the interview is Tucker talking about meeting Huffman's husband William H. Macy, who asks if there's "anything I can do to help." It took Tucker several hours to realize that it wasn't one of those empty offers. Macy became executive producer, and helped get the indie film in wide distribution.
Upate: Check out the comments. Some good additions to the discussion, including a correction that Huffman plays a transgender woman, not a man.