Parents of 8-year-old transgender boy write letter to President Trump

800 parents of transgender children write to President Donald Trump

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – As Sarah and Peter Tchoryk tuck their 8-year-old child into bed, they worry about what will happen down the road.

When she was 2 years old, the couple's daughter expressed that she identified as a boy.

"Not, 'I wish I was a boy,' but, 'I am a boy,' and he didn't get it why we treated him like a girl," Peter Tchoryk said.

"He would look in the mirror and say, 'I look like a girl,' and internally he wasn't a girl," Sarah Tchoryk said.

Jacq's parents quickly realized it wasn't a case of a child acting out.

"After about six months, I said to Pete, 'I don't think this is a phase. I don't think this is Jacq being a tomboy,'" Sarah Tchoryk said.

Today, the family loves Jacq as their son and brother. He identifies as a boy, even at school, where the school district in Washtenaw County has gender-neutral bathrooms.

"That's at the mercy of our school district, and not all transgender kids are in the same position that we are," Sarah Tchoryk said.

That's why the Tchoryks joined 800 parents of transgender children and sent a letter to President Donald Trump after the Department of Justice decided it wouldn't defend Title 9. Under Title 9, school districts were ordered to let transgender children go to the bathroom they identify with.

The Tchoryks hope their letter reminds Trump that he represents all Americans.

"This is something President Trump is in position to make a bold statement (about)," Sarah Tchoryk said. "He could come out tomorrow and support this guidance to allow Title 9, that transgender and gender identity is real."