I am transgender, so I was born biologically male. However, since the age of three or four, I've always just gravitated more towards feminine things. I just knew what I wanted, what I liked and who I was. I've always been very clear about that to my family and friends. My early childhood was really difficult for me because I didn't really understand that it was okay that I felt that way.
Emily Torrisi and EJ. Emily Torrisi and her son EJ. You'll get the latest updates on this topic in your browser notifications. I hope he continues to stand up for himself," she says.
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Though she knows not everyone will show that love, Emily says she wouldn't change a thing about letting EJ be himself. Emily admits it was "kind of confusing during the beginning stages" for both her and Alfio, but they trusted their parental instincts and followed their child's lead.
I want people to understand that whether it's a kid or an adult, everyone has feelings and emotions and everyone is entitled to make their own choices. All rights reserved.
It's not your skin to live under, it's theirs, and they were born to make their own journey You will teach them strength in being proud of the person they are. That is a beautiful thing to see and witness," she continues. As she looks ahead, Emily is excited to see what the future holds for her son and hopes that he'll stay true to himself along the way.
EJ Torrisi. EJ Torrisi may be young, but if you ask his mom Emily, she says her son "is exactly who he is meant to be. Children "were born to make their own journey You will teach them strength in being proud of the person they are," Emily Torrisi says of her son EJ. FB Tweet More.
Close in. But EJ identifies as male — something Emily, 25, finds to be completely natural after watching him develop over the last few years. It just fits.
This is my kid's personality," says Emily, who first shared her family's story with the Asbury Park Press newspaper. Though she was "extremely nervous about schools and peers," Emily says EJ's teacher was incredibly supportive and "let nothing be uncomfortable for him.
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Don't say nasty things, don't make a person question themselves. This is the person EJ is becoming.
That positive experience extended to kindergarten, where Emily says she and the principal developed "an entire plan" for her son to feel comfortable at school. In sharing her son's story, Emily hopes that others will become more accepting of transgender childrenregardless of their age.