By MATT MURRAY Source New Scientist article The world’s tattooed girls, some as young as 15, have been known to have come out as trans.
But what exactly are they?
We caught up with two young Vietnamese girls from one of the most stigmatised regions of the world, Vietnam, to find out more.
Mandy Ngo, who was 15 when she first had her breasts removed, told New Scientist: “It was just the first time.
I couldn’t understand why I was having such a hard time, and I felt like I had to hide it from myself.” “
I was so confused.
I couldn’t understand why I was having such a hard time, and I felt like I had to hide it from myself.”
After her breast removal, Mandy’s parents put up a poster in the street, which said: “Haven’t had a girl’s body in a long time.”
“It’s not that they’re ugly, they’re just different.
They’re not me, they don’t feel like me,” says Ngo.
“It made me feel ashamed.
I was thinking, ‘Why am I so ashamed?
I don’t want to feel like this’.” It took me a while to come to terms with my identity, and now I feel very proud and very happy.
It’s really nice to know that they accept me.
It was very isolating for me,” she says. “
My parents didn’t want me to see the outside world.
It was very isolating for me,” she says.
But the family have since moved to the United States, and Ngo is now in a supportive relationship with her father, who is now a tattoo artist.
Ngo said: ‘It was a really hard decision to do that because I felt ashamed and like a freak.’
It was a long process of figuring out who I was and why I felt that way.
It took a long while to figure out who you are and why you feel that way, and then it was a matter of accepting it.’
I think there are still some things that I can’t accept and some things I can, and that’s OK.’
Ngo says she is still not sure if she will ever be able to wear a girlie bra, but that she is happy with her new look.
“The most important thing is that I don`t have to wear girls` clothes, so I can be myself,” she said.
“That’s a big step forward.”
The young girls, who are known as the Trans VOC community, were interviewed for the documentary, Trans VONQ, which will be released later this year.
Trans VonQ: Transgender in Vietnam airs on New Scientist on BBC Two at 21:30 BST on 22 March.