Families, Schools and Non-Gender Conforming Kids
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10-year-old Ryan is one of a growing number of children forcing families and schools to adjust to "gender variant" students. Ryan's parents allowed her to be interviewed on the condition that their last name and town not be included. (May 28)

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SHOTLIST:AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYChicago, April 17, 20131. Ryan, plays the violin while her mom watches2. CS violin3. Ryan NAT SOUND: "Yes!"4. Ryan makes brownies with her dad5. SOUNDBITE: Ryan, a "gender variant" 10-year-old from suburban Chicago (transcript below)6. Ryan plays a game with her parents 7. Tight shot of Ryan rolling the dice 8. Mid shot of Ryan playing game with parents9. Mom Sabrina talks with Ryan. NAT SOUND: Mom: "Do you remember when we found the dress-up box?" Ryan: (Ryan gasps) "It was a gold mine for me. It was like payday! It was like party!"AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYChicago, May 2, 201310. Wide shot of Ryan's classroom from school hallway11. Tight shot of Ryan from side as she plays with her hair12. Tight shot of Ryan's name on school workbookAP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYChicago, April 18, 201313. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Robert Garofalo, head of gender clinic at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (transcript below)AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYChicago, May 2, 2013++NOTE SHOT 14-15 OVERLAID WITH AUDIO++14. Ryan raises hand15. Tight shot of Ryan's hand16. Teacher calls on Ryan. NAT SOUND: "Ryan, what were you going to say?"AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYApril 17, 201317. SOUNDBITE: Sabrina, Ryan's mom (transcript below)18. Students, including Ryan exit classroom19. Still photo of 6-year-old transgender girl Coy Mathis (Credit: Associated Press)20. Still photo of 6-year-old transgender girl Coy Mathis (Credit: Associated Press)21. Still photo of 6-year-old transgender girl Coy Mathis with her mom (Credit: Associated Press)AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYMay 2, 201322. Wide shot of music class NAT SOUND: Teacher and class sing23. Ryan sits with friends in music class, from side24. Ryan with friends in music class, from above25. SOUNDBITE: Ryan, gender variant fourth-grader (transcript below)++NOTE PART OF SHOT 26 OVERLAID WITH AUDIO++26. Ryan walks with friends at recess … NAT SOUND: Kids on playgroundAP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYChicago, April 17, 201327. SOUNDBITE: Chris, Ryan's father (transcript below)AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYMay 2, 2013++NOTE SHOT 30 OVERLAID WITH AUDIO++28. Ryan does cartwheel on playground29. Ryan and classmates walk back into school. Friend extends her hand. NAT SOUND: Friend: "High five." Ryan disappears into crowd.AP Television -- AP CLIENTS ONLYChicago, April 17, 201330. SOUNDBITE: Ryan, gender-variant fourth-grader (transcript below)31. Mom and dad sit with Ryan. NAT SOUND: Mom: "We feel lucky to have her." Ryan: "And I was lucky to have you. (laughs) Like don't get too mushy!"32. Tight shot of side of Ryan's face====VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:FROM MASTERING A CHORD …NAT SOUND: Ryan: "Yes!"TO MIXING UP A FAVORITE TREAT ...TEN-YEAR-OLD RYAN IS A TYPICAL KID IN MANY WAYS.BUT HER STORY IS MORE COMPLEX … BECAUSE TO THE WORLD … RYAN IS A GIRL. BUT UNDERNEATH … SHE'S STILL PHYSICALLY A BOY.SOUNDBITE: Ryan, a "gender variant" 10-year-old from suburban Chicago: "I don't feel like I was in the wrong body. I feel a girl in my heart and a boy in my brain."THE FOURTH-GRADER FROM SUBURBAN CHICAGO -- WHOSE FACE WE AGREED NOT TO SHOW -- IS WHAT DOCTORS CALL "GENDER VARIANT" … LESS DEFINED THAN TRANSGENDER, WHEN A PERSON CLAIMS THE OPPOSITE GENDER.RYAN CALLS HERSELF A "TOMGIRL."NAT SOUND: Mom: "Do you remember when we found the dress-up box?" Ryan: (Ryan gasps) "It was a gold mine for me. It was like payday! It was like party!"RYAN IS ONE OF A SMALL BUT GROWING NUMBER OF STUDENTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY CHALLENGING CONVENTIONAL GENDER BOUNDARIES AT SCHOOL … AT INCREASINGLY YOUNGER AGES.SOUNDBITE: Dr. Rob Garofalo, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago: "Now they're beginning to have a voice, and find their own voices, and I think that's what's been making things interesting and challenging _ and difficult, sometimes _ depending upon the family, or the kid, or the school."NAT SOUND: Teacher: "Ryan, what were you going to say?"RYAN WENT PUBLIC AS A GIRL AT THE END OF KINDERGARTEN.SOUNDBITE: Sabrina, Ryan's mom: "If you look at the pictures from kindergarten to first grade, there is a light and a twinkle in her eye that's unmistakable. And if nothing else, just looking at that picture, we were clear we made the right choice."BUT AS MORE FAMILIES MAKE THE CHOICE TO GO PUBLIC SOONER, SOME SCHOOLS ARE STRUGGLING WITH HOW TO ACCOMMODATE THEM …IN COLORADO, THE PARENTS OF A 6-YEAR-OLD TRANSGENDER GIRL NAMED COY MATHIS SUED THE SCHOOL BECAUSE HER PRINCIPAL WANTS HER TO USE A SEPARATE BATHROOM.HER MOM SAYS THEY WANT COY TREATED LIKE A GIRL ... IN EVERY WAY.NAT SOUND: Ryan and students sing with music teacherRYAN IS O-K WITH USING THE NURSE'S BATHROOM, FOR NOW. SHE ALSO SAYS SHE WAS HARASSED BY OLDER STUDENTS EARLY ON … BUT HER PRINCIPAL AND TEACHERS QUICKLY STOPPED THAT.SOUNDBITE: Ryan, gender-variant fourth-grader: "Whoever, like, bullies anyone at the school, like, it's not tolerated and I was really moved by that."NAT SOUND: Kids playing on playgroundSOUNDBITE: Chris, Ryan's dad: "All we've ever asked for is that our child has the same safe environment that every parent wants for their children."RYAN SAYS HER SCHOOL, FAMILY AND FRIENDS …NAT SOUND -- Ryan's friend: "High five"… HELP HER FIT IN.SOUNDBITE: Ryan, gender variant fourth-grader: "It just makes me feel more strong and confident because having my own parents' trust is what matters."NAT SOUND: Mom: "We feel lucky to have her." Ryan: "And I was lucky to have you. (laughs) Like don't get too mushy!"THEY SAY THAT SUPPORT WILL BE VITAL IN HER TEEN YEARS.Martha Irvine/Associated Press