June 20, 2006, - 5:52 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Talk about defining deviancy down. The irresponsible parents of “Nicole” are intent on raising their own little RuPaul.
The five-year-old boy is the youngest known transvestite and is encouraged to pursue his preference for living as a girl . . . in KINDERGARTEN!!!:
A 5-year-old boy in Broward County, Fla., preparing to enter kindergarten, is believed by gender-identity experts to be the youngest kid in the country whose family supports his decision to live completely as the other sex (according to a May profile in New Times Broward-Palm Beach). The parents doubt that the unnamed now-girl (dubbed “Nicole Anderson” in the article) is “just going through a phase,” because of “her” early, constant, and insistent female preferences and comments, e.g., “I want the fairy princess to come and make my penis into a vagina.”
“Nicole” and his mother Lauren Anderson have a whole plan to trick other Broward county kids into thinking he’s really a she. And hey, they even created a new sex: not male, not female, but “intersexed.” Funny, it’s not in my dictionary. Not surprising, “Nicole’s” 10-year-old sister is suffering.
The whole disturbing–and true–story is here, in the New Times Broward-Palm Beach.
Here are some of the most disturbing parts:
Nicole’s face is framed with delicate brown braids, and her fingernails are painted a rainbow of colors. She plans to go swimming with a friend at the community pool, but at the moment, she doesn’t like the way her dress feels. She yanks the hot-pink halter-top over her head, telling her mother, “This is poking me. I want to change my dress.”
Minutes later, she scampers back, now as naked as a jaybird except for her underwear. Without the dress, you can clearly see her penis, tucked carefully into her pink patterned panties. . . .
When her mother asks her if she’s happy with the way she looks, she says no.
“What would you change about yourself?”
“Mm… my penis,” Nicole murmurs.
“What would you do with it?” her mother asks.
“Um… cut it,” Nicole replies, very softly.
“And what would you do with it then?” asks a surprised Lauren, who later says she’s never before heard Nicole express dislike for her penis.
“I would hammer it,” Nicole says.
“What?” Lauren says.
“Hammer it,” Nicole insists more strongly. . . .
At first, I thought it was cute,” she explains. “I don’t have a problem putting nail polish on a little boy. I don’t have a problem if my son plays with dolls. His older brothers went through a similar period of doll playing and asking for nail polish on their toes. There’s no reason to say no to a phase. I never once said ‘no.’ A phase is a phase.”
So baby Nicholas was allowed to wear high heels. To play with Little Mermaid and Barbie dolls. To grow his hair a little longer. . . .
Nicholas “Nicole” Anderson Learning to Be “Intersexed” w/Idiotic Mom Lauren
Lauren was sitting at her computer working when 2-year-old Nicholas, who, like all the Anderson children, had a frank understanding of anatomy, came to her with a request: “I want the fairy princess to come and make my penis into a vagina,” he said. . . .
The Andersons called Marcia Schultz, a psychologist in Coral Springs. One session with Nicholas, who was then 3, convinced Schultz that he had a form of GID.
“Nicholas is a transsexual who wants to be a woman,” Schultz says. . . .
Today, Nicole gets to be all girl at home and is supposed to be “neutral” in public at her preschool, where many of her friends, all girls, call her “she.” . . .
Even among transsexuals, not everyone thinks being raised as a girl will be good for Nicole. At one meeting of a transgender support group, Lauren encountered criticism from a female-to-male adult transsexual who thought Lauren’s permissiveness was harming the child.
“He told me, ‘I’m the man I am today because I suffered as a child,’” she says. . . .
Nicole will have no need for medical intervention for years – until puberty will begin to ruin her girlish figure. But eventually, she may consider taking hormone blockers to prevent masculinization and then eventually begin to take feminizing hormones. . . .
Logistically, the Andersons believe, having Nicole attend school as a girl shouldn’t be difficult. Most of the classrooms at the school have attached single-stall bathrooms. With the cooperation of teachers, other children would never have to know.
Marilyn Volker, a Miami sexologist, says other transsexual children have successfully navigated Florida schools, often with the discreet help of teachers. “Sometimes only individual teachers know about it,” she says. “Often, the teacher deals with it.” . . .
With registration for fall’s kindergarten classes already beginning, the Andersons are still in the dark about the school’s plans, making the task of listing Nicole’s gender on the registration forms difficult. “I’m not going to put male or female. I’m going to put down ‘I,’” Lauren says, which she means to stand for intersexed. . . .
Oblivious to the fight swirling around her as only a 5-year-old can be, Nicole is headstrong and boisterous, with a room full of Barbie dolls and a fondness for singing showtunes to visitors. . . .
Nicole’s 10-year-old sister, Angela, explains that for a while, having her younger brother turn into a younger sister was difficult.
“When I was younger, I thought that it was just a stage,” she says. But now the most annoying part is that Nicole steals Angela’s clothes. “But I guess that’s what having a sister is like, because I’ve never had a sister.”
As for Nicole’s interactions with the outside world, Angela is used to answering questions.
“It’s kind of strange,” she says, “because my friends always call it a he, and I’m like, ‘No, it’s a she,’ and it’s kind of hard. Everyone always goes up to me and goes, ‘That’s a boy, right?’ and I go, ‘No, it’s my sister,’ and they go, ‘Oh. ‘”
Deviant Nation. One of the things that’s NOT great about America.
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