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Letters: Helping transgender kids

June 20, 2012

Re "Early help on a hard path," Column One, June 15

As a school psychologist with the Los Angeles Unified School District for nearly 30 years, I saw a number of children with early signs of having a transgender identity.

Some boys, when asked to draw a person, would scrawl a girl in ruffles and jewelry. When asked their three wishes, invariably they would be creatively atypical. They also preferred to play with the opposite sex and often begged to stay in the classroom during recess because of the cruelty out on the playground.

That was the paradox: that the other children knew something was different long before the adults could admit it.

I wish there had been a transgender clinic at Children's Hospital Los Angeles during my era. It might have saved a lot of grief.

Josie Levy Martib

Montecito

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