Keeping Up With Kairah: A Trans Teen Story
Going back to school each year can be tough for any kid. Old friends, new faces, a whole new set of subjects and responsibilities to tackle.
But imagine coming back from summer vacation not just 3 months older and maybe a little more bronzed than when your friends last saw you, but actually, as a whole new gender. A whole new person.
That’s what going back to school this fall is like for 15-year-old UK teen Kairah Kelly. Looking at her now, it may by hard to believe that just a few short months ago, the teen left school as a boy named Tyler.
Now, Kairah is tackling the world head on as a woman — the gender he’s always truly identified with.
What made this transition so quick for young Kairah? And what does Kim Kardashian have to do with all of this? For all of that, and more, keep reading!
All the Signs Were There
Even when Kairah was just a young boy named Tyler, he always knew there was something different about him.
“I felt really strange and different. I’d look in the mirror and the person I saw was a stranger. I’d imagine myself in skirts and dresses when I was as young as eight years old.”
A Rocky Start
For any young bi, gay, or transgender person, having the support of your parents is a key step to accepting yourself and living a happy life. Initially, for Tyler, that wasn’t so easy.
When he was just 6 years old, Tyler would put on makeup and nail polish, and wear his mother’s heels around the house. Tyler’s stepfather, Chris, and his mother, Angela, are devout Christians, and initially, they didn’t want Tyler cross-dressing at home.
“They didn’t understand what I was,” Kairah explained in her interview with the Daily Mail. “We lived in a rough area and they thought I would be bullied.”