We have a family member who is transgender. The family member went through a transition from female-to-male and now goes by “Uncle,” instead of “Auntie.” This was a question my 2.5-year-old asked this family member and his brilliantly simple response.
2.5-year-old: Do you have a penis?
Transgender Family Member: No.
2.5-year-old: But I thought you were a boy.
Transgender Family Member: Well… most boys are born with penises. But a few aren’t. So, I’m just a boy that was born without a penis.
2.5-year-old: OK. Can I go play now?
Remember, folks, kids are born knowing how to eat, sleep and poop. That’s it. Acceptance and tolerance can be taught just as easily as discrimination.