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Anderson Cooper interviewed three transgender girls and their parents, some of whom were told by doctors that their children were just going through a phase.
In advance of this Sunday's International Transgender Day of Remembrance, Cooper spoke with three transgender female children and their parents for an episode of his afternoon talk show, Anderson, that was broadcast yesterday. The parents of 8-year-old Danann parents say they turned to their pediatrician for advice but were given what is a common response: "Oh, it's just a phase."
After consulting different doctors and therapists, they reveal they were relieved to receive the diagnosis that Danann is transgender.
When Danann was 6 and began making threats to end her life, her parents decided to help her make the transition to living as a girl. "It was like night and day ... a totally different child," Danann's mother tells Cooper.