One California family prides itself on being so forward-thinking and progressive. That’s why the parents are proud to announce that both of their children are transgender, following gender transitions that the kids underwent at the age of five and eight. Although most people are extremely critical of Ben and Sara Kaplan from Berkeley, California, the couple insists that their transgender children are happier than ever before.
Ben and Sara Kaplan are proud of their children. James, who was born a biological girl, transitioned to a boy when he was eight-years-old. His younger sister, Olivia, who was born a boy, transitioned to living as a female when she was just five-years-old. She said she realized that she was a girl when she was just four-years-old.
The Kaplans first had a baby girl and then a baby boy a few years later. Eight years after the birth of their first child, when their youngest was four, the pair started talking about swapping genders. That’s when James, who was born a girl, decided to transition. The following year, Olivia, did the same thing, following in her brother’s footsteps.
Because the Kaplans have a unique story, they’re sharing the details of it with the world. The California parents hope that if they can share what they did to help their transgender children transition to the opposite gender, they can work to erode the stereotypes of the transgender movement and remove the taboos around it all. They also hope to prove that parents can be supportive if their children are transgender.
Barcroft TV jumped at the opportunity to interview the Berkeley, California, family.
Sara told the interviewer, “The reaction when people hear that we have two trans kids is shock and awe. A lot of people think that it must be a copycat situation where the younger one is just mimicking the older one.”
James was only in second grade when he told his parents that he wanted to transition from being a girl to a boy. His sister was not even in kindergarten when she decided to transition from being a boy to being a girl. However, she did not transition until she entered kindergarten. That’s when she started dressing as a girl and using female pronouns.
Sara discussed Olivia’s transition at length.
“It was less shocking because we had just had a child transition. We had educated ourselves about gender.”
Ben added, “We were far more experienced in how to move through the transition as parents.”
James began his transition with superficial changes. He cut his hair short. Then he shopped for boys’ clothes. Finally, he used male pronouns around his teachers and peers. Last year, he legally changed his name to James to solidify the transition in the eyes of the government.
James discussed life as a trans boy: “I have always been a boy. Before I transitioned, I had a piece missing, and it didn’t feel right. I was nervous to tell my parents, but when I did, they said they accepted me. I was happy because I know a lot of trans kids don’t have that, and that’s sad.”
Olivia also added to the discussion: “Being trans means you were born in the gender that you don’t feel in your heart. Anyone can be whoever they want to be, and it doesn’t matter what your opinion is.”
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