Is Transitioning At 14 Too Early? Two Brave Transgender Teens Share Their Inspiring Stories


August 28, 2018 16:45 By Fabiosa

Have you ever thought about how old should a person be to be able to decide to go through a gender transition? Many people have opinions on the matter: Some believe they should be at least 18, while others are more lenient with this matter. Currently, it's up to parents to decide whether they trust their children's judgement before signing off for them to become transgender.

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We want to look at two stories of young trans girls who knew exactly who they were and couldn't be happy until they transitioned.

Josie Totah

According to Josie, she knew she wanted to be a girl since the age of 5. She always wanted to play with girls, dress up, and loved to sing more than anything.


Everyone around Josie considered her to be a gay boy, and that's exactly the characters she was playing when Totah started her career in show business. When she turned 14, she was certain about who she was and wanted to transition. During the interview with TIME, she revealed why her mother agreed to go through with the gender change:

This is not something that just happened. This is not a choice that I made. When I was five, long before I understood what the word gender meant, I would always tell my mother that I wished I were a girl. And I had an enormous fear of male puberty.


Josie also revealed that her huge inspiration was watching I am Jazz, in which teen Jazz Jennings went through her own transition.


Jazz Jennings

Jazz starred in her own reality show when she was 14 years old. It depicted her medical journey from being a boy to becoming a beautiful teenage girl.

Although she fully transitioned in her teens, Jazz lived as a girl ever since she was a child. 

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Jennings is another example of knowing she was born with the wrong gender. Both Josie and Jazz knew their true selves from the young age, so it's very fortunate they had supportive parents, who allowed them to go through with letting out their inner selves.


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Mixed public reactions

Many people are very supportive of stories such as Josie and Jazz's, and feel happy for girls becoming who they were meant to be.

But some people still have a hard time with accepting transgenders and express their disapproval of the situation.

Regardless of what anyone thinks, Josie and Jazz seem very happy, and that's the most important thing.

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