Pop Star Kim Petras is Youngest Transsexual at Age 16
German pop star Kim Petras is thought to be the world’s youngest transsexual.
The 16-year-old singer--born as Tim Petras--famously began hormone therapy when she was 12. Now her transition to a beautiful young woman is complete, reported British newspaper The Daily Mail in a Feb. 5 article.
The article quoted an expert on transsexual youth, Dr. Bernd Meyenburg, who is with the University of Frankfurt Hospital.
Said Dr. Meyenburg, who directs the hospital’s Psychiatric Special Outpatient Clinic for Children and Adolescents with Identity Disorders, "Very few youth psychiatrists have any experience with transsexual developments."
As a result, "The families wander from one psychiatrist to the next.," said Meyenburg.
The doctor continued, "I was always against such operations on children so young but after seeing how happy one of my patients was and how well adjusted after returning from having the operation abroad while still a teenager, I realized that in some cases it is the right decision.
"Kim is such a case," added Meyenburg. "She always knew what she wanted."
The article reported that the young woman was looking forward to the summer season for a chance to show off her physique.
Said Petras, "I just can’t wait to put on my favorite bathing suit and go swimming like I’ve never done before."
The pop star had no reservations about having undergone gender reassignment surgery, saying, "I had to wait until my 16th birthday but once that was past I was able legally to have the operation."
Indeed, Kim’s transition took place at an unusually early age: ordinarily, gender reassignment is not allowed until patients are at least 18. But Petras persuaded her doctors that she was certain of her gender identity as a 12-year-old, and by age 14 was already well on her way to transitioning.
Gender reassignment for younger people has been promoted recently by physicians in the Netherlands as being more successful than cases in which the candidate must wait until late in adolescence, when the body’s physical form is harder to reshape and bring into line with a transgendered person’s idea of him or herself.
As a result, some physicians recommend the use of drugs to delay the start of puberty in young transgendered individuals, to buy them time to be certain that transitioning is truly what they want.
In Petras’ case, the doctors were convinced that she truly understood what she was asking for at an early age.