Transgender camp for kids experiences explosive growth in U.S.

California pre-schoolers and elementary school kids are attending a transgender day camp, intended to serve “gender fluid” and transgender children ages four through twelve.

The “Rainbow Day Camp” in the San Francisco Bay area is boasting increased enrollment since its first event three years ago. They went from 20 attendees up to 60 this year.

While the children participate in normal camp activities, they start each day by choosing which pronoun they want to use– deciding between, “he”, “she”, a combo of “he/she”, “they”, or they can go with no choice, according to the AP.

The camp’s founder, Sandra Collins says her camp is simply an indicator of what the future looks like.

“A decade ago, this camp wouldn’t have existed,” Collins said. “Eventually, I do believe it won’t be so innovative. I didn’t know you could be transgender at a very young age. But my daughter knew for sure at 2.”

Collins, who also founded “Camp Kickin’ It” for transgender kids ages 13-17, says her daughter inspired the camp.

Collins says she wants to expand. She plans to open another location in either Colorado, Washington, Louisiana or Georgia in 2018.

The camp has accepted children from around the U.S., and even had a child from Africa attend the program.

Johanna Olson-Kennedy, medical director for the Center for Transyouth Health and Development at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles, said she doesn’t think a child can be too young to explore his or her gender. The Center, which started 10-years ago, had only 40 patients in the beginning, but now has over 900 people, ages 3 to 25, enrolled in the program. She claims to have another 150 on a waiting list.

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