Transgender girl from Kansas City tells her story - KCTV5 News

Transgender girl from Kansas City tells her story

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A young girl from the Kansas City metro wants to help people understand what it means to be transgender.

Avery Jackson is 7 years old. She was born a boy, but at 3 years old she told her parents that she is a girl. She tells her own story in a YouTube video.

"Hi, I'm Avery. I'm 7 years old. I like to climb trees, be a ninja…And, oh yeah, I'm transgender," she said.

“She's just a normal little kid,” said her father Tom Jackson.

Their family's story has grabbed national headlines before when his wife spoke at a local convention.

“My daughter, then my 3-year-old son said, ‘Mom, you know I'm a girl, right?'” Debi Jackson had recounted.

The Jacksons have kept Avery out of the public eye until recently. Avery saw a video of another transgender child online.

“She's a very articulate, well-spoken child and she knows who she is. When she got comfortable with herself, she asked us if she could make a video,” Tom Jackson said.

“But who cares about my body parts. I don't ask what's in your underwear,” Avery says at one point in her video.

A blogger at the New York Times saw the video and featured it on the site alongside a letter from Avery's dad.

“I'm proud of who my daughter is and I love her for exactly who she is. I want people to know that. I want them to know it's going to be okay,” Tom Jackson said.

Avery and her family have become advocates for understanding and for acceptance.

“We're just trying to do what's best for our child and if some people want to use religion or a lack of understanding to try to look down upon us then I don't have anything to say to those people,” Tom Jackson said.

Avery's mom is an advocate for the local LGBT community and was speaking at a conference out of town the weekend of Mother's Day.

Avery is preparing to celebrate her eighth birthday.

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