The transgender teen who challenged Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s “disrespectful” comments about trans youth has returned to Channel Ten’s The Project to share more of her story.
Speaking to Carrie Bickmore on Wednesday, Evie said she had known from an early age that she was really a girl.
“I was loved and everything but I just wasn’t as happy as I could be. Being called ‘he’ all the time was really confusing,” Evie said.
Evie’s mum Meagan said “everything about her was just really feminine.”
“My husband and I at the time sat there and went, we need to teach this kid how to be a boy,” she said.
After urging Evie to play sports, she asked her mum, “Why can’t you accept me for who I am?” and her mum decided to let her be herself.
But Evie said she struggled with suicidal thoughts and a school that refused to accept her female identity.
“At one stage, Evie thought that heaven for her would be the only place that she could actually live and be who she needed to be. You don’t want that for any kid,” Meagan said.
Evie said she experienced “a lot of confusion, anger and sadness.”
“Over all the years, it was just overwhelming me,” she said.
Evie started living as a girl when she was nine years old but had to switch schools after teachers refused to support her.
She was forced her to use her old name, and school staff arranged anti-transgender counselling for her without her parents’ permission.
When a male teacher “grabbed her and dragged her across the room” to separate Evie from a group of girls, Evie left the school and was now settled at a more accepting one, Meagan explained.
‘We don’t deserve to be disrespected’
In a video message, Evie told Morrison there are thousands of kids in Australia that are transgender and gender diverse.
“We don’t deserve to be disrespected like that through tweets by our Prime Minister. I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of attitudes like this,” she said.
“We get one childhood, and mine was stolen from me by attitudes like this.”
Evie said on Wednesday she got a great response from her schoolmates after her last appearance on the show.
“I walked into school and all my friends came up, people I didn’t know came up, and they said, ‘Oh my mum thinks you’re awesome, we think you’re so cool, can we hang out at lunch?’” she said.
Hear Evie’s story below:
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