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Bills Target Transgender Kids; Families Worry About Future In Oklahoma

Betsy Colton watched her daughter become angry and anxious about deciding what to wear, struggle with outbursts and complain that she didn’t feel beautiful.

Assigned a male at birth, Gracie, now 7 years old, had always enjoyed playing with dolls, dressing up in girl’s clothing, and emulating her older sister. Gracie’s parents allowed her to play and dress how she wanted, as from an early age they could tell she didn’t identify with the gender assigned at her birth. 

But Colton and other parents worry about what that journey will look like in the years to come in Oklahoma as some lawmakers seek to limit the way transgender children grow into their identity and participate in the world around them. 

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