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A 16-year-old pop singer's four-year transformation from "Tim" to "Kim" is finally complete after a secret sex change operation.
German teen Tim Petras underwent the surgery last November and is believed to be the world's youngest transsexual, Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reports.
She is now speaking out about the final hurdle in gender transformation.
Petras, who studies fashion design, was signed to a German record label last year and released her first online single "Last Forever".
It became a sensation on Myspace and Facebook.
Originally posted by VIKINGANT
I completely understand what you are saying, but my issueis the age first of all. Some people may genuinely think that they are trapped in the wrong body but I think that he should have been encouraged to wait a little longer and underwent further counciling.
Another thing I am concerened about, is, as you mentioned, this is a mental disorder.
In rare cases, the hormones which trigger the development of sex and gender may not work properly on the brain, gonads and genitals, causing variations between them. For example, the sex (as determined physically by the gonads and genitals) could be male, while the gender (as determined by the brain) could be female. This could be caused by additional hormones in the mother's system, or by the foetus's insensitivity to the hormones, known as androgen insensitivity syndrome (AIS). In this way, gender dysphoria may be caused by hormones not working properly within the womb.
To begin with, all unborn babies are female, as only the female sex chromosome (X chromosome) inherited from the mother is active. At the eighth week of gestation, the sex chromosome inherited from the father becomes active, which can be either an X chromosome (female) or a Y chromosome (male).