Recently I came across this video and it stuck a chord with me because of what we have been covering in class. I was willing to sit through the 7 minute video because I believe that there was an incredibly personal story behind it. Milla was born a girl, but from an extremely young age he identified as a male. Growing up Milla liked to dress in boy clothes, underwear, played with boys toys and even liked Batman, Spiderman, Bob the Builder and Ninja Turtles. Milla was diagnosed with gender dysphoria or the fact that Milla’s gender did not line up with the feelings inside. Milla was born a female but his brain identifies as a male. Though I do not know much about this, I could only imagine how hard it must have been for him.
In class we covered what transgender was, and it refers to individuals who feel that their biologically assigned sex does not match their true sexual identity — they are women, despite having male bodies, or men, despite having female bodies. This video was a great example of how this can affect transpeople of all ages. They do not have to be in their teens or late adulthood… Some may know as young as Milla.