A 14-year-old boy who would like the National Health Service to give him a sex change operation has the full support of his mother.
"I'm old enough to know what I want. What I want is to be a girl," said Georgie Smith, of the U.K., who dresses as a girl and wears make-up.
His mother, Carole, 41, blasted health chiefs for slapping a ban on youngsters taking sex change drugs until after puberty.
She said it meant that by the time her son is old enough to have an operation, he will never really look like a woman.
Carole wants Georgie to be given hormone blockers now to stop him turning into a man.
"With his puberty suspended, he wouldn't grow to six foot or have big hands," she said.
The mother-of-three said her son had wanted to be a girl since the age of 2 - and had twice attempted suicide after realizing he was in the "wrong" body.
Georgie — not his real name because The Sun has agreed to protect his identity — asked his Dorset secondary school to let him wear girls' uniform. But his request was denied, so he now wears make-up and bangles with the boys' version of the uniform.
Carole said she looked into sending her son to the United States to start the sex change process, but she does not have the $26,000 that it would cost to do such a thing.
The Department of Health has said it is reviewing the age at which youngsters can begin taking hormone blockers.