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Transgender Teenager

© Lauren Greenfield

Alyn Libman always felt different. The other girls played with Barbies and dress-up games; Alyn wanted to climb trees. The big problem came at potty break, when Alyn headed for the boys' room--and the teacher stepped in the way.
Born a girl, Libman, now 18, never felt like one. That internal dissonance--and the torturous, sometimes violent harassment that it provoked--led to years of pain and loneliness. Eventually it led to a new life for the Los Angeles native, who now identifies as male and is undergoing medical procedures to become one. (Thomas Fields-Meyer, People, 3/17/03)

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