Be Who You Are

Alas, another children’s book about a trans child, this one called Be Who You Are, about a young girl who is born male-bodied.

The only thing that bugs me about this is the idea of using the term “gender non-conforming” for a child like this. On the surface of it, sure. But it’s exactly the gender typical femininity of such kids that often convinces people they are trans in the first place; if she were more of a tomboy, her trans status wouldn’t be as obvious to people, right?


Helen Boyd

is the author of My Husband Betty and She's Not the Man I Married.


  1. Right! It’s high time that people switched off the autopilot and stopped judging others by appearance alone. This issue goes well beyond assumptions about gender.

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