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A young trans icon in Vancouver faces a new challenge as she enters puberty

Tru Wilson has become a poster child for trans rights

By Jaione Belza Guede , in City Feature story , on March 30, 2016

Over the past few years, Tru Wilson has become a poster child for trans rights.

She began publicly identifying as a girl when she was nine.

“Prior to that,” says her mother Michelle Wilson, “she identified as part girl, part boy, and a girl on the inside but a boy on the outside.”

At the age of 10, Tru began taking hormone blockers to put puberty on hold.

Now the moment has arrived where she’s going to make irreversible changes to her body.  She’s recently been approved to start hormone replacement therapy, a non-reversible treatment that she will have to undergo for the rest of her life.

For Tru and her parents, this wasn’t a matter of choice. It was merely the next step towards becoming her real self.

Jaione Belza Guede accompanied Tru and her family during a decisive week on her journey to womanhood. Watch Jaione’s mini-documentary to see how they are navigating through hormones, high school and puberty in the public eye.