Primary school student comes out as transgender, using social media to announce her transition from Ethan to Abbey.

In a YouTube video created with the help of her teacher at Mowbray Heights Primary in Launceston, 11-year-old Abbey Boon holds up a series of signs explaining that she is a girl born in a boy’s body. The video has since been removed.

“It felt weird to play with boys because I wasn’t into the same things as them, ” Abbey wrote.

On the last day of term, Abbey shared her true identity with her fellow classmates saying that while she likes being Ethan, she “didn’t want to be him”.

“I can’t really explain it. It was like my heart was slowing down and I felt sick,” Abbey told  Fairfax Media. 

“I thought everyone was just going to turn around and be nasty and everything. They did turn around but they smiled to me.”

Abbey’s mother, Melinda Miles said she will continue to support her daughter’s transition.

“At first we thought she was going to be gay and we accepted that, but she came up to me late last year and she goes ‘I don’t want to be a boy, I want to be a girl’,” mum said.

“I said ‘righto, I accept the way you are’, and I support her, I support everything she does,” she said.

“Half the time you don’t even think she’s a boy, that’s the way it’s gotten now.

“At school I’m not going to be there to protect her, in society I’m not going to be able to protect her all the time, but I will protect her as much as I can.”

Abbey will soon see a specialist to prevent the onset of male puberty and she expects to begin hormone replacement therapy when she turns 18.

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  • Hope that all goes well for young Abbey.


  • I’m not sure if children are able to make this decision or not although I am not a qualified doctor to make that judgement I wish the girl luck.


  • Wishing Abbey and her famly all the best for the future.


  • How brave is Abbey???!!!! Just amazing! I wish her all the best for the future. It won’t be easy, however, with her very supportive Mum, I have no doubt that she will make it a great one.


  • So glad you are around people and family who support you whole heartedly. All the best on your journey!


  • Good Luck, Abbey and power to you. Your parents are amazing to so readily accept your decision and they are to be congratulated in being so supportive.


  • What a brave kid. Good on her mum for bei g so supportive


  • Good 4 her she looks real pretty


  • Heard about this on talk-back radio today – I do hope that having done this so publicly he/she doesn’t change her mind. Just can’t imagine the trauma that would entail.
    So pleased her mum is supporting her and wish her luck.


  • I am glad to hear her Mother is supporting her. I imagine she has a long road ahead of her. Hopefully her friends will continue to be supportive of her.
    Starting high school with other pupils may be a little more difficult.


  • This is very brave. I know of two young people who have transitioned.


  • Wow, that is so brave to come out at such a young age. But also very educational for her peers… the early the more accepting they will be hopefully.


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