Paddy, who hails from Leicester, England, was 7 years old when she was filmed for the documentary Born in the Wrong Body: My Transgender Kid, which aired this week on Channel 4 in the U.K. The clip above of Paddy discussing her gender identity with prodigious clarity is just perfect. I love it so much. I can’t stop watching.
Says Paddy with authority:
“I was never a boy.”
“Actually, I don’t want to be a girl, I am a girl.”
“You’re just the gender that you are. You’re that gen-dah.”
Any questions? Too bad, Paddy ain’t answering.
Paddy’s father, also named Paddy, can be seen in the clip above and was portrayed in the special as entirely accepting of his trans daughter. “These are normal children,” he said. “They’re not some circus freaks. They’re normal children who were born with the wrong plumbing.”
Next week’s Born in the Wrong Body will profile Jamie Raines, a 21-year-old trans man who documented his transition by taking a selfie everyday:
It was to see how testosterone can change the face, so if people come away seeing that it can make those changes then that’s good. But also I just wanted something for me to document my transition. I thought I’d take a photo every day so when I strung it all together you could see the changes. Within the first six months you didn’t see that much but as time went on it became more and more rewarding. So now I feel like I’ve been doing it for so long I just want to keep going, for maybe five years. I’m really happy I’ve done it.