Frontline: Growing Up Trans

Frontline: Growing Up Trans

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Pictured: Nine-year-old Lia shares her story in an intimate exploration of the struggles and choices facing transgender kids and their parents.

Credit: Courtesy of FRONTLINE

Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders.

But today, many children are transitioning, too--with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. Growing Up Trans takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside this new frontier--where it's now possible for kids who feel they were born in the wrong body to never have to go through the puberty of their biological sex. Frontline: Growing Up Trans airs Monday, June 19 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. 

Told from the perspective of parents, doctors, and, most revealing of all, eight transgender kids themselves, ranging in ages from 9 to 19, Frontline takes a powerful look at this new generation, exploring the medical possibilities, struggles, and choices transgender kids and their families face today. With extraordinary access to the gender program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, filmmakers Miri Navasky and Karen O'Connor examine the complicated and often controversial treatments now available to gender non-conforming and transgender kids, and explore the deeply personal emotional issues many parents and families face.