Since the age of 2, Kathryn always believed that she was really a boy in a girl’s body. At first, her parents simply assumed that their child was a tomboy.
But, according to the Washington Post, Kathryn’s insistence that she was indeed a boy was something far more serious than a phase or stage of gender confusion. Her mother, Jean, actually went as far as buying a book on transgender children–without her husband’s knowledge–and read the book cover to cover.
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When Kathlyn was 4, Jean decided to share her suspicions that their daughter may be a boy with her husband, Stephen.
“Have you noticed that Kathryn wants to be a boy?” she remembered asking one night as she and Stephen were washing the dinner dishes after putting the kids to bed.
“She’s just a tomboy,” Stephen replied.
Jean shook her head.
“No, Stephen, I’m pretty sure Kathryn is transgender. She’s not just a tomboy,” she said. “And I think maybe we should start letting her call herself a boy.”
Stephen thought she was nuts. “I told her she was making too much of this,” Stephen recalled.
But it was during a car ride when Kathryn grabbed a book and told her father a tale that finally made him take his wife’s concerns seriously.