Following up on a recent feature on “gender-fluid children,” the New York Times magazine spotlighted Dutch photographer Sarah Julia Wong, whose ongoing photo project led to the publication in 2010 of Inside Out: Portraits of Cross-Gender Children. Following several children who have or—are in the process of—changing their gender, the book features numerous portraits taken over seven years.
There’s a knee-jerk reaction to say “these children look so normal” but, of course, they are normal. Thankfully, as Times writer Amy Kellner, reminds us, the Netherlands has probably the world’s most progressive attitude toward gender variance in the world—transgender kids included.
“These Dutch kids and their parents are the gender-fluid pioneers,” comments Wong in a post on her own blog. “They want to be out in the open because they’re happy with their approach. And they want to inspire all other families all over the world.”
Photos: Sarah Wong