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UNDERSTANDING GENDER IDENTITY

EARLIER THIS YEAR, when Charlize Theron explained to the world that her eldest child, seven-year-old Jackson, is living as a girl, the response was divided. Some people were confused (Jackson had been introduced to the world as a boy when Charlize adopted him in 2012), while others were relieved that the South African-born Hollywood star was speaking so frankly about gender identity.

‘Yes, I thought she was a boy too,’ Charlize told the Daily Mail. ‘Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: “I am not a boy!’” So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.’ The actress went on to point out: ‘My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be. And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.’

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