Actress Cherlize Theron adopted two children from Africa - and by all accounts she's been a great mom. At the time of the adoption, the children were described as a "boy" named Jackson and a "girl" named August.
August is now 3 and Jackson is 6 - and both children seem to be very well taken care of.
So then what's the issue? Well Jackson has been wearing girl's clothes, and some folks on social media believe that somehow it is WRONG for Cherlize to do this to her child.
Many are speculating that Cherlize's son may be transgender . According to the Human Rights Campaign - children exhibit trans behaviors VERY early in childhood. The organizations website states:
The general rule for determining whether a child is transgender (rather than gender nonconforming or gender variant) is if the child is consistent, insistent, and persistent about their transgender identity.
In other words, if your 4-year-old son wants to wear a dress or says he wants to be a girl once or twice, he probably is not transgender; but if your child who was assigned male at birth repeatedly insists over the course of several months that she is a girl, then she is probably transgender.
The organization offered some tips on how parents can help support their trans child:
- Always use the child’s preferred gender pronouns and preferred names.
- Be your child’s advocate – call out transphobia when you see it and ask that others respect your child’s identity.
- Educate yourself about the concerns facing transgender youth and adults.
- Encourage your child to stand up for themselves when it is safe to do so.
- Assure your child that they have your unconditional love and support.