ORIGINALLY FROM BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA, DANIELA FRANCO IS FEATURES EDITOR FOR THE DESERT SUN, A USA TODAY AND GANNETT PUBLICATION, BASED OUT OF PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA.

SHE HAS PREVIOUSLY WRITTEN FOR NBC NEWSTHE NEW YORK TIMES STUDENT JOURNALISM INSTITUTE AND TAKEPART.COM.

SHE STUDIED JOURNALISM, SOCIOLOGY AND LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S GALLATIN SCHOOL OF INDIVIDUALIZED STUDY.

How One Mom Learned to Embrace Her Transgender Son

How One Mom Learned to Embrace Her Transgender Son

Christiane Davis, a stay-at-home mom, lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband, Jeremiah, and their two kids, A.J. and Patrick. What most people wouldn’t know at first glance is that A.J., which stands for Andrew Jackson, is a female-to-male transgender child.

On Nov. 14, 2007, Davis gave birth to a baby girl named Nadine. Davis began seeing signs that her child was a boy rather than a girl early on. By the time A.J. turned three, he was refusing to wear “girly” clothes. Another issue was A.J.'s hair: He did not want it to be touched. “He didn’t want me to put it up into little clips or bows,” she said.

Davis thought she was going to have a tomboy and didn’t want to label her child anything. She thought her then daughter was just a strong-willed little girl. But it went beyond that.

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