A 6-year-old girl who wants to be treated as a boy has been given a support worker to make sure she is treated as a member of the opposite sex at school.
Georgia, who is known as George, has wanted to be a boy since the age of three, according to her mother – the girl refused to wear dresses and tried to cut her own hair short.
The child’s teacher initially declined to treat the girl as a boy, but now a specific support worker has been assigned to ensure that she is.
Georgia, who is an identical twin, has been referred to local NHS services which specialise in gender issues among children.
Her mother Hayley said she is speaking out now so “people in authority will take us seriously”.
She said: “One day I said, ‘Come on girls’ and she instantly said, ‘No! I’m a boy’! Then she kept telling me she wanted to be a boy. So from then on I had to refer to her as that.”
“I’ve neither encouraged or discouraged it, I’m just going with it. I just want her happy and confident with who she is”, she added.
Hayley is working with the Tavistock and Portman Clinic, which is a charity dealing with children who have gender issues.
The child’s school said it was unable to comment on the case.
In October The Times newspaper reported that the number of children wanting a sex change in 2012 saw an increase of 50 per cent compared to the previous year.