Skip to comments.San Diego parents reveal story of transgender son who became boy at 5
Posted on 05/30/2014 3:47:43 AM PDT by EinNYC
Proud parents from San Diego have shared their story of having a transgender son who became a boy aged just 5-years-old. Jeff and Hillary Whittington presented a touching video showing little Ryland's female-to-male transition as they were honored at the 6th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast last Thursday. The stirring footage revealed how Ryland suffered severe hearing problems when she was just 12-months-old and was fitted with cochlear implants.
"I am a boy," the long blonde haired toddler reportedly declared to her parents after the operation and learning to speak.
Despite her room being painted pink and being dressed in girly outfits, her parents said she preferred masculine toys and activities.
Confused as to what to do, the Whittingtons believed it was a phase that would soon pass. But, on turning five, Ryland started concretely rejecting all things feminine. "When the family dies, I will cut my hair so I could be a boy," Ryland reportedly told her parents, later adding: "Why did God make me like this?"
Jeff Whittington, a former firefighter-turned-real estate agent, and wife Hillary began researching the issue - and soon decided the answer was that their girl was transgender.
Terrified to learn about the high suicide rate associated with transgender people who feel socially unaccepted, they decided to properly embrace Ryland's identity.
"Ryland's gender identity was not caused by our parenting style, family structure or environmental factors," the couple stated in the 7-minute montage.
They cut off their infant's long hair, bought new clothes and started referring to Ryland as a male. His room was also redecorated.
The footage then showed Ryland playing soccer and baseball, wearing ties and dancing with a flower girl at a wedding reception.
"Relative to the horrific things people have to endure with their children all over the world, this is nothing," his parents added.
The video was played before the couple accepted the event's Inspiration Award, reports LGBT Weekly.
A short-haired Ryland, dressed in a smart suit, also took to the stage to say: "My name is Ryland Michael Whittington. I am a transgender kid."
Jeff Whittingon, speaking afterwards to the emotional 1,000-strong audience, claimed "one of the most inspiring things Harvey Milk had done" was "to encourage people to come out."
"To let their voices be heard; break down the walls, break down the barriers and start allowing people to see them for their authentic selves and be true to themselves," he said.
"This is our coming out [...] this is us making our voices heard," he added.
Uploaded to YouTube Tuesday, the video has already been seen more than 250,000 times.
Rylands gender identity was not caused by our parenting style, family structure or environmental factors, the couple stated in the 7-minute montage.Sure it wasnt.
there is a demonic cause for all these transgender cases.
No, she didn't.
Good job, mom & dad. Now, can you say child abuse?
There is a very special place in hell for these parents.
The hidden fact is 60-70% of the confused people who get gender surgery come back to get the process REVERSED in a year !
The guys who became woman have a real problem!
Lots of lawsuits fly regarding this !
Its a dirty little secret the Left wing media does not want to share !
I have encountered this in the past. Where a dominant attached spirit created an identity in the host of their own gender.
Problem is, if this is not resolved at an early age, the hosts individual identity does not develop and they go into a severe depression when you remove the attached spirit.
One of my daughters rejects most things feminine, and I'm okay with that. She still follows the stream to catch salamanders and comes back muddy. She shoots shotgun better than any of my other kids (typically 23/25 or better in trap). She'd far rather wear practical jeans or shorts than something that interferes with tree climbing. I'm okay with all that. None of it makes her "transgender" or in any other way mentally ill.
It takes a special kind of mental illness to harm your child and help a little girl to deny reality in order to further a political agenda. It disappoints me when liberal parents feel no shame.
Underlying all these stories is the sex thing and they all .... all .... end up with something goes into another.
What the hell is a dominant attached spirit ?
that used to be called a tom-boy; we all assumed they’d grow out it, I guess they did.
I think Jeff and Hillary Whittington need to be removed from the gene pool ASAP. It’s WAY TOO shallow in their end...
He’s talking about a form of possession.
It’s all too real and children are often vulnerable open vessels for this sort of attachment.
This is especially true if the parents have no foundation in faith and scripture as a way of warding off such evil.
Some don't grow out of it, or more properly they learn it's okay to hunt, fish, and shoot, and still enjoy being female.
Parents should be thrown in jail.
There’s a hypocrisy to LGBTQ folks. They decry social norms in regards to what is masculine and feminine then state matter of factly that a girl who acts in a typically masculine fashion is transgendered. If a girl doesn’t like pink and wants short hair, it doesn’t mean she’s a man.
The Whittingtons are a POS.
Pure child abuse
They probably won’t let her change her mind later, like the little boy whose lesbian parents have him on sex change hormones at 9
Pure child abuse
Some say tattoo removal will be big business down the road. I wonder if gender re-reassignment will be as well when all these children of messed up parents grow older?
With all the chemicals in processed foods, who knows if there is something that causes problems in the chromosomes of babies. I mean, think about the ingredients in foods. You need to be a chemist to know what some things are.
Any and all gender characteristics assumed by a disembodied spirit would be artifice and/or delusion.
A female is a female, biologically, except in very rare cases of genetic mixup. At no time in her life does a girl or woman have a moral obligation to meet anyone’s expectations about “feminine” tastes, appearance, or style.
We live in a crazy society. The crudest “gender” stereotypes are imposed as if they, rather than biological sex, determine reality. Then, a person who doesn’t fit the strait-jacket role is treated, not as an individual man/woman with a right to his or her own identity, but as a person who needs to change biological sex, perhaps in the expectation that he/she will then conform to the opposite gender expectations.
When a society imposes extreme and unnatural strictures on acceptable human flourishing, a lot of people are driven bats. The culture of Saudi Arabia, for example, has spawned an industry in Europe (and probably the U.S.) of mental-health professionals to treat (if I correctly recall the term) “Arabian hysteria”: women who are freaking out because of the insanity of their society.
Did they have him tested for the XY gene? Sometimes the Y gene fails to express itself and the fetus, which started out, as all of them do, female, continues on developing as a female. The baby is, in all respects, female, except that she is sterile.
Gender Identity is a function of the soul. All souls have both masculine and feminine components with Love as the glue that holds them together and stabilizes their growth.
If the dominant spin aspect of the soul is to a person’s right, whether male or female by gender, the person will exhibit a feminine personality. If the dominant spin aspect is to the left, then the dominant aspects exhibited are masculine.
I feel these as I walk up to people and can even identify at what point their soul changed. I do a fair amount of work with gays & lesbians. In every relationship there is always one masculine and one feminine, irregardless of the gender.
Gender selection is based upon what is intellectually acceptable. Attraction and personality attributes are totally a function of the soul which is also a function of the parental and environmental influences during the soul’s critical formulation period.
A similar shift in consciousness within the soul is what causes autism, Asperger’s Syndrome and MS. I’m not discounting biochemistry. The soul/consciousness is what controls biochemistry. That’s why placebos work.
This scares the hell out of me. I grew up with a guy who’s younger brother wanted to be a girl when he was very young. The parents were very understanding but worried about his future. He gradually became more masculine and started palling around with us. About the time his hormones kicked in it was quite clear his was masculine, in fact I envied his luck with the ladies. Today he is married to a wonderful woman and has three kids. What if he had been born to parents that would butcher his body so that they could have a liberal status symbol?
I was a tomboy and hated all things girly. Especially dresses (because girls couldn’t clumb trees in dresses) and I am not transgender or gay.
Not debating your point, but do you have a reference?
I've always suspected this, but would love to have quantification.
The problem, of course, is that some surgical procedures cannot really be "reversed."
That is very true.
Mrs. Dono. Your comment... “Tired&retired, spirits do not have a sex, since sexual differentiation is a biological reproductive characteristic and spirits do not reproduce and are not biological: they are disembodied.
Any and all gender characteristics assumed by a disembodied spirit would be artifice and/or delusion.”
Oh if it were only that simple...... see my post # 26
The soul of spirit is perfect in that it has both components which are required to become whole. This is why Paul stated what he did about it being better to remain single. Love is the really important component, which judgement tends to push aside and creates the dysfunctions. That’s why Jesus said He did not come to judge, but to save.
If we are to emulate Jesus, we should do more Loving and less judging.
People either have two different chromosomes or they don’t. Period.
They can, of course, have mentally retarded parents whose need to be ‘progressive’ outweighs common sense.
Initial, very strong reaction...child abuse. Two year old children making gender identity choices is insane! Parents who accomodate toddler thru preschool decisions on gender identity. . .with medical community intervention on behalf of such is crazy!
The comments at the NYPost indicate there was no surgery - yet. This would suggest the parent's 'brave' choice is at best . . .superficial. Give them a trophy and lots of attention!
Imagine the process this family will be facing during puberty - as this child's body does not naturally accomodate morphing into the preferred gender physically - not to mention, hormonally.
“Jeff and Hillary Whittington”
“Look at us! Look at us! Look how upwardly mobile and hipster we are. We could be the life of every dinner party. We could be the focal point for every hipster doofus enlightenment gathering we go to. We already got an award at a “diversity breakfast”. We will hang that on the wall right beside our little girl’s dignity. Look at us. We are so enlightened. We are so progressive. We are so hipster.
Now, how do we make our child gay? That would be icing on the cake! Gay at 8 years old! OOOHHH thats so enlightened. Thats soooo hipster progressive. ‘Darling, guess what? We decided that you are gay now. Isn’t that Coool!’ We’re such modern parents. We are so enlightened”
“”””6th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast”””””
What in sam hell is a diversity breakfast???? I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.
If my HTML skills weren’t so bad I would post that picture of John Wayne where he is looking over his shoulder kinda like “What the f*** is a ‘diversity breakfast’? Are you shitting me?
Any parent of teenaged children can attest to the emotionally charged environment created during puberty and the teen years.
Despite their self admiring satisfaction at addressing future mental stability issues . . .these folks will be spending many dollars and hours in therapy over the years - with no guarentees this child will survive doubts about personal gender . . .regardless of whether their child is supported by family & medical community & LGBTQ or not. They may think they are ahead of the curve, but my bet is they have quite a long & challenging road ahead of them.
You’re talking about Klinefelter’s syndrome, wherein the affected individual is genetically XXY. When they reach adulthood, they look pretty much like a normal male, except they may have some breast development. They are usually infertile or have very much reduced fertility.
Alleged statement from a 3-year-old boy: "I feel like a girl inside." Hogwash: he has no idea what a girl feels like inside. He feels like, precisely, himself, and only himself, a boy, inside. But somebody told him that very experience was feeling like a girl.
When I think about it, I get pretty angry.
Full disclosure: I remember my first time as a bride's maid, when I was about 18, having my hair "done up" and my face "made up" (and my glasses taken away from me) and being peer-pressured into a silky bridesmaid dress: I tolerated it with good humor, since I didn't want to refuse my friend's festive request, but I distinctly remember feeling like a "female impersonator." I did. It just wasn't my style.
But that never made me less a woman. Sheesh.
I remember thinking to myself that I was going to wear bluejeans my whole life and I didn't care what anyone else thought! I am 73 and I do still wear jeans but it's nothing unusual now for women to wear them, but I don't ride horses anymore.
No reason to abuse them --- surgically maim them, hormonally confuse them --- with this trans-sex trans-gender crap.
I remember back in those days I would not wear shoes from the time school was out until it started again, except for very special occasions like church or a wedding or something. Yes, my horse stepped on my feet occasionally and the bottoms of my feet got to be like the sole of a shoe. LOL!
Never did I, or anyone else think that I was a boy.
Bravo. And this needs to be said more often.
Ding ding ding, we have a winner! In all these cases, the child's subjective experience, whatever it may be, is being narrated and programmed to accomplish something for the adults.
It’s not either or. A person can be feminine and enjoy any other pursuit.
Likewise, a person can be masculine and enjoy say, home decorating or sewing (called tailors).
Relating to healing the physical body....
If you heal the physical body, the healing is temporary....
If you heal the soul, it heals the physical body and is permanent..... as long as the person does not go out and create another wound in the soul and reopen the wound.
I’ve never heard this. Got any links?
Apparently, the therapy mode is to pump the child with the opposite sex’s hormones, before puberty. Wonder if this is why G-d said don’t dress as the opposite sex.
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