One of the most eloquent opponents of Texas’ proposed gender bathroom law began identifying as a girl four years ago, when she was age 3.
It was at that age Frank and Rachel Gonzales started to realize their child, Libby, wasn’t living the life she was born to live.
It wasn’t always clear to them how best to support their first born. While on a family trip to California, Rachel took Libby — then still called by her birth name — to the toy store. It was there that things “came to a boil.”
“I said, ‘You can pick out anything from the gift store,'” Rachel recalled. Libby pointed at a fairy costume with a pink skirt and wings. “This is what I want.”
Long before that moment, the Gonzales’ say they saw the “early signs” their child was not her “authentic self.” There were times when they thought maybe their child was gay. It wasn’t until around the age of 4 or 5 when their child began to verbalize more to them who she really was, that they accepted it too. Their child was transgender.
In the months and weeks that followed, Libby began to transition. She asked to grow out her hair, she gravitated to more stereotypically girl toys, and said she felt more comfortable wearing girl clothing.
It was sometime around January 2016 when she asked her mom if Santa could turn her into a girl next Christmas.
“At that point I said, ‘You don’t have to wait until next Christmas, it’s January. Let’s go shopping,’ ” Rachel recounted. That was the weekend her son became her daughter.
Now, age 7, Libby is living the life she has always wanted to, as a girl.
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