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L.A. Now Live: Discuss transgender youth

June 15, 2012 |  6:00 am

Times reporter Anna Gorman will join City Editor Shelby Grad to discuss her story about transgender kids and the health care they are seeking.

The chat is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Friday.

Gorman's story tracked 12-year-old Amber, who at age 10, stopped going by her given name, Aaron, and began dressing as a girl. Last year, she started taking medication to keep her from going through puberty.

"I can be who I am," Amber said. "I can be a girl."

An increasing number of children like Amber are realizing they are transgender and seeking care at clinics around the nation. Because of their age, the complex and emotional journey is as much their parents' as their own. Families are forced to make tough decisions about therapy and medication, and about what to tell friends and relatives.