A young child tells their mother “I’m not a girl” for the first time.

AIRED: September 06, 2021 | 0:05:35


-I'm trying to figure out how to put this in words.

-Take your time.

-We had that little talk, and I said,

"I've been hiding this for a long time."

And you said, "Okay."

[ Bird chirping ]

And you accepted it.

I figured one of the best times

you ever really understood me and my gender

was, um,

that very first evening, I think.


[ Bell chimes ]

-It was so hard keeping that secret.

[ Bell chimes ]

[ Bird chirping ]

[ Bell chimes ]


I never intended to tell you.

I felt like I shouldn't.

I mean, like, even I was doubtful.

I'm just a little kid. How would I know?

And then my brain went and took over and said,

"You're doing this."

And I went ahead and said it. And...

I didn't mean to tell you, but now I'm so glad I did.

[ Children chattering indistinctly ]

Do I really care what everybody thinks?

-Mm-hmm. -Yes.

Everybody on this earth,

every human being

cares at least one tiny thing

about what people think about them.


-But if you still have that heavy weight

of caring about it too much,

then it will stop you from being who you are.



-I thought I wasn't ready.


[ Children continue chattering ]


'Cause it was kind of overwhelming to tell you.

-Mm-hmm. -And talking about it,

I'm starting to feel overwhelmed again.


-Whoo! -Whoo!

-Whoo! Whoo! -Whoo! Whoo!

-[ Continues whooping ]


-'Cause I'm just feeling that come back to me.

I need a big push here.

-You need a push?

Big push?


-You're free!


-Like, it's -- it's probably the best memory I have...


...telling you...

I'm not a girl...

for the first time, but it's probably the worst, too,

'cause that was so hard for me.

[ Crying ]

[ Sniffles ]

-I'm sorry it was hard.

-[ Crying ]

-Oh. Hey.

-[ Sniffles ]

[ Wind chimes tinkling ]



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