Jacob’s Journey: Life as a Transgender 5-Year-Old

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NBC News- When Jacob Lemay invites you into his bedroom, he wants to give the full tour. He’ll show you his books, the planets and stars on the wall, his bunk bed and the stuffed animals he’s lined up all in a row.

“This one is Chase, and that one is Zizzy,” he says in the voice of a confident five-year-old. “And that one is Biscuit, and that one is Zarzo, and that one is Cheety, and that one is Snowflake, and that one is Fuzz.”

Jacob is a happy, healthy, well-adjusted pre-schooler. He has two sisters — one older and one younger.

But it wasn’t always this way. In the beginning, his parents Mimi and Joe were raising three daughters.

When Jacob was born, his name was Mia. But by the time he was two, he was telling his parents, “I’m a boy.”

Last year, when he was four, they made a decision: to let him live as he has always identified — as a boy.


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