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What's it like to be transgender in NZ?

Last updated 13:46 27/02/2017
Ben Brockwell-Jones
Monica Tischler

ADVENTUROUS YOUNGSTER: Ben Brockwell-Jones, 8, is happy in his own skin as a transgender boy.

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It's over four years since Ben Brockwell-Jones told his parents he didn't want to be a girl anymore, and left 'Anoushka' behind.

Ben says he now feels comfortable in his own skin, but his journey may not have been as positive if it wasn't for the support of his parents and Rainbow Youth.  

Unfortunately, for many transgender youth and adults, their transition and life is far more difficult.

Rainbow Youth board executive advisor Mathijs Lucassen said more than 50 per cent of transgender college students feared someone at school would hurt or bother them.

To help further open discussion around gender identity in New Zealand, we'd like to hear from gender-diverse Kiwis about their journey. 

When did you realise you didn't relate to the gender you were assigned at birth? How did you tell others, or are you still trying to find the words? Did you feel supported and understood or did you face battles and prejudice?

We'll share your stories here on Stuff Nation.


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