Jennifer and John had a baby boy named Jack, but as they explain, he was always ‘different.’ Now Jack is Jackie and lives openly as a little girl — and she has her parents’ full support.
Get ready to be brought to tears, HollyMoms. In a touching new story, we meet transgender 10-year-old Jackie, a girl who has already had to make some of the toughest decisions in her life. But thankfully, she has been blessed with parents who support her through it all.
In 2001, Jennifer and John welcomed a beautiful baby boy named Jack. But when Jack was around 18-months-old, it became apparent that he was different, dressing in tutus rather than superhero costumes and preferring to play with Barbies over Tonka trucks.
“As any other father, I was looking forward to raising a boy and doing all the things fathers and sons do,” John says. But those dreams quickly faded.
At first, Jennifer and John thought Jack was gay — he was being bullied and teased at school and having difficulty making friends. But, they soon realized that there was a deeper problem.
One week after turning 10, Jackie came home from school and told his mom through tears, “I’m a girl and I can’t do this any more.” And so, Jack became Jackie.
“When I look back I don’t feel like we ever truly had a son. We had a daughter that was unfortunately born in the wrong body,” Jennifer told ABC News correspondent Cynthia McFadden in the special Primetime Nightline’s (Extra)Ordinary Family that aired last night, Aug. 31.
At first Jennifer and John only allowed Jackie to dress as a girl at home, and would send her to school in boys clothes, but as of late, Jackie is living openly as a girl and is happier than ever.
But, not everyone is as accepting as her parents. “I can’t accept that a nine or 10-year-old can make decisions for herself that will be life lasting,” Jackie’s grandfather Richard tells ABC News.
Still, it’s Jackie’s life and she deserves to be happy.
“When you look in the mirror, what do you see?” McFadden asks Jackie. “A girl, that’s a person,” she responds.
How do you feel about this story, HollyMoms? Would you be as accepting as Jackie’s parents? Share your thoughts and watch the entire interview below.
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