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Indian transgender girl, 8, sues California school for discrimination

An eight year old transgender girl was forced at a California school to confirm to her birth gender, thus isolating her from her peers and even forcing her to consider suicide.  Nicole Brar, better known as Nikki, was declared a male at birth, but she could never identify with her gender.  As a child, she gravitated towards pink and loved multicoloured unicorns. Nikki even shied away from the typical boy games.

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An eight year old transgender girl was forced at a California school to confirm to her birth gender, thus isolating her from her peers and even forcing her to consider suicide.

Nicole Brar, better known as Nikki, was declared a male at birth, but she could never identify with her gender.

As a child, she gravitated towards pink and loved multicoloured unicorns. Nikki even shied away from the typical boy games.

When at age 4, she told her parents Priya Shah and Jaspret Brar that she wanted to be a girl, they were cautious. The parents told her that boys can be of all sorts, and she could be any boy she wanted.

However, at age 7, Nikki finally told her parents that  she felt like a girl, and she would want to become one.

The youngter was taken to a psychologist who confirmed her as a transgender girl.

Nikki's parents then allowed her to wear female clothes. Nikki told Los Angeles Times that getting rid of boy's clothes felt like escaping prison.

She was transferred to an Orange County private school, which advertised itself as nondiscriminatory.

While Priya kept the school informed about Nikki and asked them to support her, the principal remained noncommittal.

While she allowed Nikki to grow her hair, she refused further concessions once she made a full social transition from male to female.

She was not allowed to wear the female uniform, her preferred pronouns were not used and she was even barred from the female washrooms.

The discrimination secluded Nikki. Boys, including the principal's son, would bully her while girls kept their distance.

Nikki was reduced to just reading during lunch time and at one time, asked her parents if she could commit suicide since life was too hard.

Her parents have pulled Nikki out of the school. She is being homeschooled by her mother and would join the Orange County public school next year.

Her parents have sued the school for its discrimination and it is the first transgender rights issue in the US using a state law as grounds for relief.

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