“Becoming Nicole”

New book explores an identical twin’s gender transition

Last year, a transgender teenager named Nicole Maines made headlines after Maine’s Supreme Court ruled that Nicole’s school had violated discrimination laws by not allowing her to use the girls’ bathroom. It was the first time a state court had ruled that transgender children must be allowed to access the washrooms of the gender with which they identify. In Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt explores Maines’ difficult journey through Nicole’s transition into girlhood. Wayne and Kelly Maines adopted identical twin boys, Wyatt and Jonas, 18 years ago. But when Wyatt was just a toddler, she started expressing her desire to be a girl; by fifth grade, she took the name Nicole. Because Nicole is an identical twin, her case offers insight into the complex genetic processes that fuel the rather nebulous concept of “gender identity.” As Nutt told the Huffington Post: “These are identical twins, they have the exact same DNA, but they are obviously deeply different. What happened to turn some genetic switches on or off in one and not the other one really goes back to what happened in utero.”

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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