George Stone started wearing dresses as soon as he was old enough to pick out his own outfits.
Not long after that, George became Georgie.
Listen to Mia Freedman talk to transgender 16-year-old Georgie Stone and her mum Bec.
Georgie Stone is the 16-year-old responsible for the magnificent progress around the way transgender teens go about acquiring hormone blockers in Australia.
They no longer have to go through the Family Court to get approval for the treatment. The decision is up to their family and that is a win for everybody.
She always knew she was meant to be a girl. She could always tell something wasn’t right and she felt at home whenever she put on a dress more or less since she’s been able to dress herself.
As a parent, though... how can you tell?
How can you tell if your little boy who wears Disney Princess dresses just likes Princesses... or if he wants to be one? How do you tell if your young girl who plays with Tonka Trucks and and cuts her hair short just likes boys... or wants to be a boy?
Mia Freedman spoke with Georgie Stone and her Mum, Bec. They had some thoughts on the phase vs. transgender debate.
Georgie wore dresses around the house regularly as a toddler. And according to Bec? The family knew it was more than just a phase; the family knew Georgie was expressing who she really was.
“There's a different intensity between a child who’s going through a phase and a child that has an innate sense of who they are." - Bec, Georgie's Mum.
If you're wracking your brain trying to figure out where your kid's head is at - whether they might be suffering from gender identity disorder or if they just love playing dress-ups - according to Bec, "you just know."
"Georgie would say 'I am a girl'. Whereas another child - a boy who liked to play with girls stuff - would say 'I like girl stuff'."
In her interview with Mia Freedman, Georgie confided: "The first words I remember saying are 'Mum, I want a vagina. I was two-and-a-half."
Bec was never in doubt: Georgie wasn't simply dressing as a girl... she was one: "Georgie - who's been saying she's a girl since she was two-and-a-half - is able to say at 10, 16,18... that she is who she says she is."
You can listen to Mia Freedman's full No Filter interview with Georgie and Bec here...