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Ariel’s Story | “Growing Up Trans” | FRONTLINE

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Like many young girls, 13-year-old Ariel loved Disney princesses when she was growing up. She even asked her family to call her by a different Disney princess’s name every day: Cinderella. Belle. Snow White.

But for Ariel, her family’s willingness to call her by those names had special significance: she was born a boy. And at the time — around age nine — she was still presenting as a boy at school and in public, fearful of what the reaction of her peers might be if they knew she identified as a girl.

Ariel shares her story in “Growing Up Trans,” a documentary coming to FRONTLINE (PBS) on June 30. The 90-minute special follows eight kids who are transitioning, ranging from ages 9 to 19 — and shows how a new generation of kids and their parents are navigating the changing and complicated world of gender and identity, with new medical options and at younger and younger ages.

Watch “Growing Up Trans” Tuesday, June 30 at 10/9c on PBS & online:


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