Kids who veer from gender norms at higher risk for abuse
Cory, 15, seen here with his mother, Nicole Seguin, credits his family for supporting him.
February 20th, 2012
02:37 PM ET

Kids who veer from gender norms at higher risk for abuse

By Madison Park, CNN

Berkeley, California (CNN) - When a boy struts in a tutu or a girl dons boxer shorts, it makes grown-ups nervous. It's one of the first lessons kids who are gender nonconforming learn.

Mich is biologically female, but didn't identify as a girl. As a child, Mich insisted on having boy-cut short hair, shunned all things pink and refused to play with dolls or wear dresses.

At age 3, "I told my mom I wanted to be a boy," said Mich, who requested to be identified by first name only. "And, throughout the years, I learned that saying that was not right ... and so, you hide this part of yourself. But you still know something's up. The problem with kids is that they don't have the language to say it, but they know."

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  1. Bubba™

    That's cuz its not normal. Although one must admit it exists. That doesn't mean it should be accepted as some kind of norm. Animals can't pro-create if they are gay. Unless you happen to be a sea horse.

    February 21, 2012 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  2. AMERICA 1st

    Parents should do everything thats humanly possible to safeguard their kids from being influenced into the gay lifestyle. Itll save them from the abuse and self hatred later in life!

    February 21, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |