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A 12-year-old boy from the United Kingdom will soon begin transitioning to become a girl, including taking hormone blockers, according to a new report. The child was born a male and named Ashton but now identifies as Ash Lammin. Lammin’s mother says the child has asked to be called a girl since first learning how to talk, Yahoo News reports. “By age five, she was asking ‘when is someone going to chop my winky off?’, and questioning why she had it at all,” said the child’s 43-year-old mother, Terri Lammin. The mother described watching Ashton wanting to become a girl as “heartbreaking,” and said Ashton’s case exemplifies a child born in the wrong body. (RELATED: ‘So Mommy Told You You’re A Girl?’ Video Appears To Show James Younger Saying His Mother Told Him He Is A Girl) The child is about to start transitioning to become a girl at a National Health Service clinic. This will make Ashton one of the youngest … [Read more...] about 12-Year-Old UK Boy To Begin Transitioning Gender, Taking Hormone Blockers: ‘When Is Someone Going To Chop My Winky Off?’
One of Britain's youngest transgender children has begun transitioning at the age of 12 after realising she was in the 'wrong body' aged just three. Terri Lammin, 43, from Ramsgate, Kent, said that watching her daughter Ash - born Ashton - grow up confused and uncomfortable in her own body was 'heartbreaking.' She said: 'Although she was born male, from the moment she could speak Ash insisted she was a girl. Terri Lammin, 43, from Ramsgate, Kent said that watching her daughter Ash (pictured) - born Ashton - grow up confused and uncomfortable in her own body was 'heartbreaking'. The 12-year-old has begun transitioning by taking hormone blockers which will prevent her puberty Ms Lammin revealed, the only reason she was wearing her swimming costume in the bath was to hide her body which had dismayed her from an early age. Ash says that it has been difficult growing up as a trans girl, but says she feels that she is firmly on the right path 'By age five, she was … [Read more...] about One of Britain’s youngest transgender children has begun transitioning at 12 – after realising she was in ‘wrong body’ aged just THREE
ONE of Britain’s youngest transgender children has started transitioning - after realising she was born in the “wrong body” aged just three. Ash Lammin, 12, was born Ashton, but insisted that she was a girl as soon as she could speak at home in Ramsgate, Kent. Her mum Terri Lammin, 43, said that watching her daughter grow up confused and upset by her body was "heartbreaking". She said: "Although she was born male, from the moment she could speak Ash insisted she was a girl. "By age five, she was asking 'when is someone going to chop my winky off?' - and questioning why she had it at all." Ash says that it has been difficult growing up as a trans girl, but says she feels that she is firmly on the right path.She said: "The journey is long and it's still going, but I feel like the sense of victory is there through it all. "I do feel accepted sometimes, but other times not."LOVE AND ACCEPTANCE" "Not everyone is going to understand and people have to have their own … [Read more...] about One of Britain’s youngest transgender kids, 12, transitions after realising she was in ‘wrong body’ aged 3
Until about five years ago, techies and others who wanted a speedier, extensible, more privacy-oriented web browser on their desktops often immediately downloaded Mozilla's Firefox to use instead of Internet Explorer on Windows or Safari on the Mac. But those days seem long ago. Firefox is hardly discussed today, and its usage has cratered from a high of over 30 percent of the desktop browser market in 2010 to about 12 percent today, according to Mozilla, citing stats from NetMarketShare. (Various other analytics firms put the share as low as 10 percent or as high as 15 percent.) And Firefox’s share on mobile devices is even worse, at under 1 percent, according to the same firm. Today, the go-to-browser is Google’s Chrome, which has over a 50 percent share on both desktop and mobile, according to NetMarketShare. Mozilla wakes up After years of neglecting Firefox, misreading mobile users, and putting most of its chips on a failed phone project, Mozilla says it is working … [Read more...] about Mossberg: What’s up with Firefox, the browser that time forgot?