Transgender preteen faces hurdles

I spent a few months with photographer Dania Maxwell checking in on a Lehigh Acres family whose daughter just started attending school as a girl. We wrote about Dee-Vyne Valentine’s transition from Dante Valentine and explored what the future will look like for this young girl, who also has learning disabilities.

I hope we’ve brought some awareness to the issue locally and that by publishing a story like this, we can pave the way as a society for other girls like Dee.

Dee-Vyne "Dee" Valentine, 11, plays in the backyard of her home on October 18, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. "Judge(s) should make rulings about letting me in the girlsÕ locker room and the girlsÕ bathroom because I'm a girl," Dee said. Photo by Dania Maxwell

Dee-Vyne “Dee” Valentine, 11, plays in the backyard of her home on October 18, 2014, in Lehigh Acres, Fla. “Judge(s) should make rulings about letting me in the girls’ locker room and the girls’ bathroom because I’m a girl,” Dee said. Photo by Dania Maxwell

 

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