Logan Symonds was born a boy but he sees himself as a complete girl. But he has a really supportive mum who is allowing her four-year-old son to live as a full-time girl, and is even letting him wear a dress to school.
According to Mirror Online, Logan Symonds’ family see the move as the next step for young boy, and say he has believed he is a girl since being aged just 18 months.
Mum Emma Symonds, 34, from Gloucester, said: “Letting Logan wear a pinafore to school was a big step for us all.
“I’ve been letting him live as a girl and wear girls’ clothes since he turned three, and a couple of months ago I agreed he could grow his hair long.
“During Easter half-term he told me he wanted to wear a dress to school, to be like all the other girls.”
Emma initially worried how others would react to Logan, who is a twin. However soon enough she gave in to Logan’s pleas to wear a girls’ school uniform.
“Luckily, the school, Logan’s friends and their parents have all been so supportive,” she added. “It’s a life-changing journey for Logan, but I’m going to support him all the way.
The mum-of-four was delighted when she discovered she was pregnant with twin boys five years ago.
Logan and Alfie, who are non-identical twins, were born on 30th April 2011. But despite their close bond, the single mum quickly noticed Logan was different.
She recalled: “Logan would always play with his older sister, Daisy’s toys, while Alfie played with cars and trucks.
“At first, I brushed it off, but he kept on telling me he wanted to wear girls’ dresses instead of shorts and trousers. I was adamant it was just a phase.
“Soon after he started throwing tantrums and becoming aggressive whenever I put him in male clothes. Then, one day out of the blue he told me that his willy would fall off – I was gobsmacked.”
When Logan was two-years-old, Emma decided to buy him a pair of pink ballet shoes to try and curb his aggression. Seeing his behaviour change for the better, she decided to let him wear dresses and skirts inside the home.
And a year later, realising it wasn’t a phase, Emma approached her dad Michael, 58, a theatre operations manager, for advice on how to handle Logan’s gender identity issues. Emma, who is a full-time-mum to Daisy, 11, and Charlie, six, says: “Logan has always shown feminine traits, so it wasn’t something that shocked my family.
“My dad suggested I let him live how he wanted to. So, that Christmas, when Logan asked for a pink ballet dress, girls’ shoes and dress-up jewellery, I bought those gifts for him.
“When he opened them on Christmas morning, I could see how happy he was.”
Although Logan seemed content, his mum worried about how strangers would react if they discovered he was dressing as a ‘girl’ at home, so she continued to dress him in ~boys~ clothes when he left the house.
She says: “I could tell he was unhappy wearing the same clothes as Alfie, but I didn’t know how to handle the situation.”
And as Logan grew older, he continued to reject his ‘male’ identity. Emma says: “One day I was out with Logan and Alfie when an elderly lady approached them, telling them they were beautiful little boys.
In summer of 2014, with the support of her family, Emma let then three-year-old Logan wear dresses in public and have his nails painted.
Logan’s mum admits that, while she supports Logan’s decision to live as a girl, others haven’t always been so kind.
She said: “When I take Logan out and he’s wearing a dress or nail varnish, we receive negative comments from strangers.
“Some people tell me I shouldn’t let him wear girls’ clothes and that I’m forcing him to be a girl. Logan has been living publicly as a ‘girl’ for the last two years. And Emma insists her son has never been happier.
“I’ve finally let him grow his hair and now he goes to school dressed in full girls’ uniform – pinafore dress and all,” she added. “At the moment he’s happy still being called Logan, and I refer to him as my son, but that may change in the future.
“His twin Alfie has been supportive throughout.
“He even suggested a Frozen themed party for his brother last year for their fourth birthday. He realises how much Logan wanted to dress up as a princess.”
Emma is now planning to visit a specialist for advice on how to move forward with Logan’s gender journey. She said: “I don’t know what the future holds, but I’ll support Logan no matter what.”
Dr Polly Carmichael, Gender Identity director at Tavistock and Portman Clinic, says: “It sounds as if Logan’s mum is being very thoughtful and caring.
“She is letting Logan express his gender in the way he chooses, while keeping options open for the future.