A devoted father has written a moving piece about the realities of raising a transgender daughter.
Tucker Fitzgerald, from Seattle in the US, recently described the challenges his family faces for stuff.co.nz – including his much-loved daughter potentially being forced to use male toilets against her will.
"My daughter is in kindergarten in the United States. She's 6. She loves unicorns and mermaids and soccer. And I'm concerned about my community forcing her to share the restroom with men," he begins.
"Currently she uses the girls' restroom. But some Washington state legislators want her in the men's room - because she was born with a penis.
"It feels uncomfortable writing about my child's genitals. But I'm not sure how else to protect her."
Fitzgerald, a graphic designer, explained how he and his wife initially tried to raise their child as a boy, "complete with blue walls and Tyrannosaurus rex pajamas", until it was clear that she would only wear dresses. He then found a support group for parents of gender-nonconforming kids, as well as consulting a pediatrician and reading up on transgender issues.