Why would any parent encourage a 9-year-old kid to make a decision like this at such a young age? Shouldn't children be allowed to grow up first before they can decide what they want to be?
Children get easily influenced by what they see and hear. Some parents are afraid that their children might become gay or transgender by watching and idolizing people in this demographic.
|X Factor contestant Seann Miley Moore|
A mum says her 9-year-old son told her he was transgender - while watching a male X-Factor contestant wearing a dress.
Rachel Armstrong, 38, says her son Sam asked her thoughts on Seann Miley Moore wearing a dress on the ITV talent show, before revealing she was transgender.
Her child, now 10 and called Zoe, had already researched how she was feeling online and discovered there was a name for it.
But the news didn't come as a surprise to Rachel, who says Zoe had always stuck out from her three brothers by wearing pink tutus and a tea towel on her head to resemble hair.
Only weeks later teachers announced that Sam would be returning on the following Monday as Zoe and has been wearing dresses ever since.
Now the family, from Durham, are monitoring Zoe's development and plan to use medication to pause her puberty and will consider giving her female hormones - which will leave her infertile.
Rachel said: "To be honest, it's not been a major shock. She's always been girly. The trickiest thing was changing to the right pronouns and not calling her by her old name. I've got a family of boys. She's never been like her brothers. It was from a very early age. She was never like them, wasn't into the same things and she had no interest in playing the games they played or the toys they played with.
"Her brothers have been fabulous with it. They just took it in their stride. Everything just fell into place. The earliest sign was when she was just a baby. She used to wear a tea towel on her head as hair. She would also wear my heels.
"She would always choose to wear a pink tutu at nursery and would always pick stereotypical girl things over boy things. Another sign was when we took the boys to the fair and they all chose a crossbow and arrow but she wanted a princess set."
"It was all about her wanting to be happy and I would rather have a happy girl than an unhappy boy. At the end of the day, I'm just loving her and letting her live her life as a happy 10-year-old little girl. It's just a different name.
"I can understand how people can be shocked but as far as I'm concerned she is my child. I didn't care if she was a boy or a girl when she was in my womb and nothing's changed. It won't be an easy life for her but she has so much love and support from those that know and love her."
Zoe confessed to her mother that she wanted to be a little girl in October 2015 during an episode of the X-Factor which showed contestant Seann Miley Moore wearing a dress.
Rachel said: "She asked me what I thought about one of the contestants, Sean, wearing a dress. I said, 'as long as he's happy that's all that matters'.
"She then asked 'do you know anyone who is transgender?' and that's when she told me she was. I told her I already knew. She had already done research on it online and that's when she realised there was a name for what she was feeling."