chapter  4
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Social work practice with transgender and gender variant children and youth

ByGERALD P. MALLON, TERESA DECRESCENZO

The film Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in Pink) (Berliner and Scotta, 1997) is a story about the innocence of childhood as told through the experiences of a 7-year-old boy, Ludovic. Ludovic desperately wants to be a girl, and everything about him says that he already is one. He has it all figured out: God messed up his chromosomes, simple as that – no judgment, no morality. Ludovic is a representative example of a child with a female brain in a male body, and he is putting up a valiant struggle not to be erased as a person. It’s all very honest and natural to him. He is only a small boy and is much more in tune with his needs and desires than is his family.