Growing up transgender and Mormon

Eri Hayward is a young transgender woman. Born with male genitalia, she felt drawn to a female identity from a very young age. But it was difficult for her to understand and accept herself, particularly in the environment of the Church of Latter-Day-Saints, in which she was raised. “Being LDS was our life,” she explains, “It’s one of the reasons I didn’t find out what being trans was until I was an adult.”

Listen as Eri and her parents talk about coming to terms with her identity in the context of their faith.


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National Geographic. (2015, October 20). Growing up transgender and Mormon | Short film showcase [Video]. YouTube.

Gender Identity Gender identity icon Our core sense of who we are as a man, a woman, a mixture of both, or neither.

Gender Expression Gender expression icon How we show up in the world through choices like clothing, hair style, mannerisms or tone of voice.

Attraction attraction icon How we feel toward others sexually, romantically and/or emotionally.

Biological Sex Biological sex icon Physical attributes such as reproductive organs and genitalia, chromosomes, genes and hormone levels.

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