Trigger warning: This post mentions gender identity disorder and suicide. It may be triggering for some readers.
The first words in a child’s life are simple.
It’s usually a single word; easy to say; and probably mispronounced.
This wasn’t the case, however, for Georgie Stone.
Her first words were “Mum, I want a vagina.”
Georgie Stone recalls the moment she knew she was meant to be a girl with her Mum, Rebekah, and Mia Freedman on No Filter. Post continues after audio…
Georgie Stone is a 16 year-old transgender girl.
That’s pretty amazing in itself: the courage to openly identify as transgender; the self-assurance in terms of who she really is; and the persistence in overcoming stereotypes and pre-conceptions she’d be faced with on a daily basis.
But Georgie is so much more than that.
She publicly came out in 2015 – at just 15-years-old – and in doing so became an advocate for transgender children. Not only in the media, but also in the legal system.
While most teens spend their weekends playing sport and staring at screens, Georgie dedicates her time to shattering glass ceilings for transgender children trailing behind her... following in her profound footsteps.
In 2011, at just 10 years old, Georgie became the youngest person in Australia to be granted permission to access hormone blockers (the first stage of medical treatment for transgender children).
Instead of discussing with her family whether or not the blockers were appropriate, they were forced to put their plea to a judge.
Following the case - and a later appeal - transgender children in Australia no longer have to go through the Family Court to gain access to hormone blockers. Parental and medical consent is still required but approval of a judge is not.