Jackie! If you ever get to read this I truely wish you all the best.
Not just in the competition but for just being you.
You are beautiful so don’t be disheartend if you don;t win .Even If you come last you are a winner! Be proud you deserve a fantastic life.
You Go Girl! You will inspire a generation , enlighten and educate many people by your courage and very presence.
Well done Jackie…I watched the documentary last night and was amazed at your confidence and courage. Go You!
What a beautiful woman, and not just on the outside. She was very lucky to have a supportive Mum.
I saw Jackie being interviewed on ITV and what struck me was how mature, gracious and self-assured she was. I’m sure she will help “shed light on trans people” because her whole attitude is absolutely admirable. Best of luck to her in all she does.
Just watched it now on catchup and was impressed by Jackie, her parents, and by the way the documentary was presented.
Our laws need updating. It is clear that youngsters like her need the hormone treatment long before age 16. It’s too late then.
It isn’t law, much as the offending professionals like to create the impression their hands are tied. These are merely “guidelines” they are active in creating, maintaining, and amending, and which any practitioner is actually at liberty to set aside using their own judgement and expertise if the patient’s clinical needs seem to require different care.
Jackie was denied that “agonist” intervention in the UK but obtained it in the US (her mother having to re-mortage her home to pay for the fares and very expensive prescriptions (many thousands of pounds a year) from 13 through 16, and was prescribed hormones (which start the desired female puberty) at around 16. Someone like Jackie would now, in theory, be given those “agonists” in the UK at maybe 12, but is still denied puberty until 16. Anyone presenting later than 12 is denied everything until 16, because 12 is only under a “research protocol”.
The delay until 12 is down to of a peculiarity of Dutch law, yet it is imposed on children regardless of their clinical need, or nationality, or evidence.
Elsewhere, some doctors are very successfully, simply (and very much more economically) providing hormones at an age to enable the child to enter the right puberty at the same time as her peers. Where a child is thoroughly accustomed to living as a girl it is plainly unacceptable to then force them to become very different from their peers, and suffer the early stages of male puberty (many changes, such as loss of a female voice, often happen before 12), and much unnecessary fear and stress, before providing help at an arbitrarily delayed age.
The endocrinologist who defined transsexualism enable female puberty at 13 – and would have done it earlier if her mother had not been intent on finding a “cure” which caused several suicide attempts – for a woman who is now a friend of mine, in 1957. So this is not at all new.
The top-class sex-reassignment surgery Jackie had at 16 (again on her stupendously amazing mother’s mortgage), as had several girls previously, has since been barred until 18 (now that is a Thai state regulation), due to misinformed gay pressure (and possibly, secretly, the writers and enforcers of “guidelines”), or 20 without the consent of both parents. 16 was just that surgeons minimum age for westerners; Thai girls could get SRS much cheaper and younger elsewhere. The headlines that Jackie was the world’s youngest were simply lies.
UK surgery – not quite as good – is available at 18 regardless of parents, including on the NHS. I know several who had it in their 18th year, and both they and their surgeons always said it should have been earlier, since they had been clearly transsexual since infancy, but NHS administrators blocked it.
In a few countries (Germany and Spain, for example) courts will order surgery earlier. We know some had it at 14, and none of these young cases ever had regrets – these are totally nothing like the utterly misleading ‘Ria: Diary of a Teenage Transsexual’.
In Intersex patients SRS is perfectly successful from 12, and no one has ever provided a clinical reason for the, again arbitrary delay in girls like Jackie. We certainly know we need it by then, and the bar before 18 is really just enforcing a discriminatory, excessively high age-of-sexual-consent by the most draconian means imaginable – the denial of the necessary genitalia.
We need equality law and policies enforced; people who have no idea how it is for transsexual children and teens but instead have their own agenda to take their clammy, hurtful paws their our lives; and medical care to be decided on the normal, ethical basis instead – the best care and outcome for the individual patient.
So beautiful Jackie is, both on the outside as on the inside.
Lovely story and one most of us of us in our 40′s would have thought impossible when we were living pre Internet and dealing with these issues alone with no contextual framework, guidance or reference for our feelings as children.
It lead often to a lifetime of unhappiness and having to live a ‘lie’ because it was impossible to even know other people existed with the same feelings. I wish you well in life Jackie and I hope it inspires others to be braver about who they young or old. Anabelle xxx