For some kids, the saying “just be yourself” can be a scary proposition. In this episode, we’ll hear from an Arizona family helping their 9-year-old transgender son do just that.

Chris López always knew there was something different about her youngest child, Gabe. Although born female, Gabe always knew he was a boy. When he was 8 years old, Gabe came to StoryCorps with his mom to talk about how a weekend at a camp for transgender kids transformed his life.

Gabe is 9 now and recently came back to StoryCorps with both of his parents, Chris and Julio, to talk about their hopes and fears parenting a transgender son, especially after the federal government’s February 2017 announcement that it won’t enforce the guidelines that protect transgender kids from discrimination in schools.

Released March 14, 2017.

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Blue Dot Sessions – “Periodicals,” “Cast in Wicker,” “Surly Bonds,” and “Vittoro”