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Letters: Gender Identity

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Michele Norris reads listener e-mails regarding NPR's two-part series on transgender youth.

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

From NPR News, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Michele Norris.

NORRIS: I am the mother of a 7-year-old child with gender identity disorder who was identified as a boy at birth and is now living as a girl, she says. Your stories accurately portrayed both sides to what is a difficult decision for any family dealing with a child who was born in the wrong body. Kids like Bradley and Jonah and my child will only prevail with acceptance and love.

Tripp Finch(ph) of Rocky Mount, North Carolina was disappointed with that same coverage. It validates deviant, destructive and dangerous behavior, he writes. The most loving thing that a parent can do is to direct that child's path away from harm, not to it.

NORRIS: Can someone at NPR please notice that there are many of us out here who do not live in areas where mass transit is even an option, writes Carol McKnoll(ph). Every time I hear a gas prices story I hear about cities and suburbs, places where there is bus service and sometimes even rail. I live in a rural area of western New York south of Buffalo. But by ignoring us, you suggest to policymakers that everyone has mass transit available. That convinces them to come up with one size fits all remedies, which will if they are passed be disastrous for areas like mine.

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