Nine-year-old told parents she was born in the wrong body and is now living as female with her family
The child, Autumn Norris, formerly known as Anthony, has reportedly transitioned at home and at school, and now wears hair extensions, makeup, nail varnish and girls' clothes.
A nine-year-old, who at the age of seven decided that she wanted to be a girl, is now reportedly living with her family as a female. According to her parents, she told them that she feels she was born in the wrong body.
The child, Autumn Norris, formerly known as Anthony, has reportedly transitioned at home and at school, and now wears hair extensions, makeup, nail varnish and girls' clothes. She also only responds to her female name, the Daily Mail reported.
According to her mother Fran Norris, Autumn from Telford Shropshire was taking a bath when she was five years old when she told her tattoo artist mother that she actually felt like a girl, and not a boy.
"Autumn was always been very feminine when she was Anthony," Fran said. "Her choice of activities and toys were all things that were marketed at young females. Anthony would ask to have his nails painted or have his makeup done, but I just thought he was curious and experimenting or enjoyed role play - I didn't think he was gender aware."
"So when Anthony finally approached me, everything fell into place - it all made sense. Now we do everything any mother and daughter would do. The first thing Autumn wanted to do was go shopping with me, and she loves everything that comes with being female," she continued.
"After having three boys, it's nice to go shopping with my daughter. She's so much happier now, she can be who she wants to be and she loves it, her behaviour has gotten better ever since the change. I want other parents to know that if their child is going through this, they're not alone and it can be a beautiful thing," Fran added.
Reports state that Autumn, during the Easter holidays in 2017, decided that she wanted to be a girl after coming home from a weekend with her father Lloyd Norris.
Her parents let her be a girl for the Easter thinking that she just wanted to role play. However, at the end of the holidays, it became evident to them that it wasn't just a role play, so they ordered her a natural-looking wig and she decided to change her name to Autumn at home.
Autumn, however, was still Anthony at school. The couple talked to the school authorities about the issue and they were reportedly supportive of it, suggesting that if Anthony wanted to come back the next term as Autumn, they would support it.
The nine-year-old, since then, has become Autumn full-time with her family, friends and classmates, with her school formally changing her name and gender on their files. Reports state that Autumn has become comfortable with her new identity and has even discussed gender reassignment surgery and becoming a mother in future with her parents.
"When Autumn first spoke to me, she got out of the bath and said she was not a boy any more, she was a girl. If anyone comes out with something so life changing it's always going to come as a shock, so I just gave Autumn a huge hug and was as open and honest as I could be," the mother said.
"She said she didn't like the fact she had a penis and should not have been born with one, but I told her it would be a long time in the future that anything like that could change. When she said she wanted to be a mum someday and I told her she wouldn't be able to give birth to a baby, she started to well up. But after a little cry, she said it's okay because she would adopt all the children that other people don't want. When it comes to big questions, she was so mature - she has such a lovely way of turning a negative into a positive," Fran added.