We have a very long way to go in terms of pro-trans legislation.
An intimate look at growing up as a transgender child, HBO Max's new documentary Transhood is both eye-opening and emotional. Directed by Sharon Liese, it follows four children who identify as transgender — Leena, Jay, Avery, and Phoenix — over a five-year period.
From discussing what it's like to have a child realize they identify with the opposite sex at an early age to navigating the complicated world of hormone replacement therapy, viewers get an in-depth look at what it's like to have a family member question their gender identity.
Although the documentary is heavy and complex in terms of narrative, parents who want to discuss gender identity and be an ally to the transgender community with their family should consider the following takeaways from Transhood. Read ahead to learn more about what it's like to be a transgender child or teen in the US.