Wayne and Kelly Maines hope to change attitudes about gender by sharing the story of their transgender teenage daughter, Nicole.
The family, who live in Maine, talked to The Boston Globe about their decision to allow Nicole to transition and live as she chooses. Even as an early age, Nicole, then known as Wyatt, was very different from her twin brother, Jonas. While Jonas liked typical boys' activities and toys, Wyatt was completely opposite, preferring Barbie and dresses. While the family resisted their child's inclinations at first, they began realizing it would be cruel to force Wyatt to act a certain way.
“Dad, you might as well face it,’’ Wayne recalls Jonas telling him. “You have a son and a daughter.’’
Nicole, now 14, is being assisted in her transition by professionals at Children’s Hospital Gender Management Services Clinic in Boston, one of the few transgender youth centers in the world. Read more about Nicole here.