Danny King is 31-year-old upholsterer with blond hair and a ginger beard.
He’s a loving father to a two year old, and he was also Born as a Girl. Eleven years ago, Danny King had an operation that made a big difference to his life.
Of course, that’s not where the story ends. Danny King is one of many inspiring transgender Australians, featured in The Daily Life article, Born as a Girl. It’s an insightful discussion around gender diversity, and interestingly it addresses addresses the growing visibility of female-to-male transsexuals.
The distinction between a woman and a man may seem simple on the surface, determined by genitals. But even on the biological level, sex is more complicated than this. There are chromosomes to take into account, and hormones. Then there is gender, the sex a person feels they are in spirit, which may be different again. Science offers no conclusive answers as to why some people feel themselves to be one sex when their bodies tell the world something else. Genes might play a role, as might the hormones a baby is exposed to in the womb. And though, when hearing the word “transsexual” or “transgender”, the public imagination may conjure visions of men becoming women, in reality much of the traffic at the frontier of gender politics is headed in the opposite direction: biological females are becoming men.
Our own Anthony Carlino was called in to comment as an expert in this article. He highlights the many challenges faced by young people and their families as they come to terms with gender diversity. We think the full article is well worth a read – you can find it here if you’d like to check it out.