A 16-year-old transgender student became the only girl in a selective private boys-only school after changing her identity.
Each morning, Hannah dresses in a shirt, tie, blazer, pants and black shoes, before putting on mascara and heading to school.
Appearing on an episode of SBS’s Insight Transgender teens, the Sydney teenager – who identifies as a girl – said she wanted nothing more than to be allowed to wear a skirt.
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Hannah (pictured) became the only girl in a selective private boys’ school after becoming transgender
âI tried to get them to change their policy for about a year. [The school says] if they give in to me, other people might ask for other changes, âHannah said.
Her mother Gagan said she initially agreed with the school.
âI actually told her ‘look, I’m wearing pants andâ¦ I actually wore a tie when I was going to school,’ her mother recalls.
‘[But a doctor explained] it’s a really big deal for her because all this time she’s been living as a boyâ¦ it’s a really big step for her to feel comfortable. ‘
Despite the strict uniform policy, Hannah said her school had helped her with her transition, allowing her to change her name and organize a different washroom.
Every morning, Hannah dresses in a shirt, tie, blazer, pants and black shoes, before putting on mascara and heading out to school.
Hannah started life as a boy but now identifies as a girl after she started questioning her gender from fifth grade
Growing up, Hannah said she struggled with her identity for most of her childhood.
âI was questioning my gender from around the fifth grade onwards. Pretending to live like a boy was kind of weird because it was different from how I felt about myself,â she said.
“You have to kind of put a facade and you have to make people believe that you are something that you are not.”
Hannah suffers from gender dysphoria – a condition where people do not identify with their biological sex.
Growing up, Hannah said she struggled with her identity for most of her childhood
Her mother Gagan (left) has been extremely supportive of her daughter, saying her gender identity hasn’t changed the person she gave birth to.
Last year Hannah was revealed to be transgender to her mother, before she told the rest of the school.
Her beloved mother was a huge support to her daughter, claiming that her gender identity hadn’t changed the person she gave birth to.
âI think it doesn’t matter – gender of girl or boy – I have the same child,â Gagan said.
“She talks to me the same way, she has the same black, dry sense of humor – very sarcastic and cynicalâ¦ And I just love her.”
Hannah – who plans to transition from boy to girl – will start her hormone replacement therapy soon.
Children with gender dysphoria should seek court approval to undergo gender transition surgery and treatment.
Watch Insight Transgender Teens’ show on SBS On Demand.