Sixteen Year-Old Boy To Be Youngest Sex Change Patient in British History


His name is Ria, he’s sixteen years old and has been cross-dressing since the age of twelve.

The boy, born Bradley Cooper, will become Ria Cooper at some point within the next eighteen months.  The surgeries will entail breast construction and genitalia reformation, amongst other hormonal treatments to fully make the boy’s sex change adherent.  While many people consider Cooper to be entirely too young to be making such a life-changing decision, Cooper states:

“I’ve known for years I’m a woman. I think and act like a woman, not a man. In my mind I’m a woman, so all I need now is the operation … This is my life, and it won’t be worth living unless I have that operation…”

Naturally, the young’un has to have consent from a parent, being that he’s under the legal age, and his mother claims to have completely signed off on the surgeries.  She claims that she’s in her child’s corner the entire way and wants to do whatever she can in order to help her daughter-to-be on her path to greatness and self-acceptance.

I think it’s completely amazing that we’ve evolved to a point in society where decisions such as these are becoming more acceptable and less taboo than what they’d be considered, say, fifty years ago or even twenty years ago.  Despite the fact that many individuals are opposed to such life-altering decisions, we’re progressing in the best way we can, while working with what we’ve got.

I wish Ria good luck in his new endeavor and hope that what he receives makes him happier than he can even hope for.



You Might Also Like ...

  • No Related Posts

28 thoughts on “Sixteen Year-Old Boy To Be Youngest Sex Change Patient in British History

  1. I think it’s too young. What worries me is that our brains aren’t fully developed at age 16. Even more worrisome is the effect that such drastic surgeries and hormonal changes will have on a body that hasn’t stopped growing. Boys are maturing into their bodies at the age of 16, and the research simply isn’t there as to what effect a surgery like this will have on them.
    That being said, I am NOT a fan of children being able to make huge life altering decisions like this, with only the parents consent. When my older brother wanted to join the National Guard at 17, my parents refused to sign the papers, because they said that a decision as big as that should be made when the person is old enough to sign consent for himself. The next year, my brother signed up, and my parents weren’t angry- but they knew that it was definitely HIS decision and he had to think about it for a bit longer.

    • Actually, we do know what effect earlier hormonal treatments will have on a young, developing body.
      First of all, the earlier a transgender person begins hormonal treatments, the less their body is affected by unwanted hormones. Transgender boys who begin hormone therapy earlier will reach taller adult heights and have a more masculine build as adults. Transgender girls who begin hormone therapy earlier will have better breast development and naturally feminine voices. Both boys and girls will not have to go through the agony of dysphoria that goes along with going through puberty of the wrong gender. Transgender boys won’t have to grow breasts and menstruate. Transgender girls won’t have to grow facial hair and listen to their voices grow deeper. It eases a lot of the psychological trauma that transgender people go through.

      Psychological research has shown that people who begin hormonal intervention sooner suffer less psychological problems in the long run.

      These kids know who they are. This is not a career decision. This is about knowing, deep down in the very core of their being, that they were born with a body that did not fit. As compassionate human beings, we should help them as soon as we can.

  2. My gut reaction is also to say that it’s too young, but on the other hand, sex change surgeries are easier and more effective before puberty is complete. So, teenagers who know they want to change have to wait and watch as their body matures into the wrong sex, knowing that some of the changes will be near irreversible.

    So I don’t know. It’s a tricky issue. I hope for Ria’s sake that zie has made the right choice.

  3. I would think that massive counseling went along with this decision. If all psychological tests and such were performed so be it. I would have to think that this is not a spur of the moment decision for any of the parties involved.

  4. I’d angers me that society still has the wrong mindset about this. Puberty occurs between 11 to 16 on average and 16 is already too late because the damage is done. 16 is not too young of an age to make decisions…when it comes to being transgender, IT IS TOO LATE. For those dumb kids who think because they wore a pink shirt once now they’re transgender and need to have surgery, yes, we need to make sure that they’re mentally competent and know what they’re getting themselves into. However, for truly transgender people (and I’m sorry if that’s offensive to cross-dressers or transgender people who don’t want to have surgery, I’m just talking about those who want to go 100% all the way), the end of puberty IS TOO LATE. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t look at my ribs or hip bones and think, “if only my parents would have given me testosterone in time, none of this would have happened.” I wouldn’t have been stunted at growth before my legs and arms could get at a length that is normal for a boys’, my hips would not have been stretched out wide as if they’re size XL compared to my M size body, and the ends of my rib cage bones wouldn’t have been forced to fuse while still at a small and undeveloped girlish size and would have developed into a proportionate size for the rest of my body. I feel like someone entirely evil and cruel locked me inside a small cellar and kept me tortured in there for a few years before releasing me. But even being released, the damage and scars left permanent marks and I can never go back to who I was before this horrible disaster happened. Except this small cellar was my very own body and the torturer was puberty. It’s like being trapped and never being able to get out, slowly and desperately chocking for air until you get too tired and weak to fight it anymore and you just give in. It was the single most horrific time in my life and I can’t do absolutely anything to fix the damage that happened. I just spend $200 on growth pills that stimulate cartilage growth to make my limbs and spine longer so I can actually be a normal height for a man and I work out every single week building my upper body and stretch my rib cage to try to expand it almost to the point of popping out of location, all just to try to get my skeletal system to form more into the right V-shape that men have.
    All because no one helped me when I was a young 11 year old, absolutely confident that I was a guy and that this “calling me a girl thing” was just some sick joke that the world was playing on me and that I had to go along with.
    So no, I don’t think 16 is too young…if a kid knows who he or she is and is a mentally competent child, they should be allowed to be themselves and be helped before they have to go through the more horrific, terrifying, life-suffocating experience of their lives.
    Thank you for letting me get that out. It was extremely therapeutic and maybe if helps someone out there.

    • @Merc, Very well said and enlightening for those of us who wish to gain knowledge through other’s life experiences. Thank you for sharing this very personal part of your life.

    • It is a shame that Ria won’t be starting hormones until age 16. There is another transgender young woman from Germany named Kim Petras who began hormonal treatments at age 11 and was finally legally granted sex reassignment surgery at age 16.

      I agree that hormonal intervention should begin as soon as it can be determined that a teen is genuinely transgender. Unless there is severe dysphoria going on, I think the surgery can wait until they are at least 16. It’s usually a good idea to live with the decision to transition for a while before going through with surgery anyway.

    • Merc, that took some guts to come out and say all that, I applaud you for doing so. I am sorry for the shitty times you had to go through.

    • actually this probably sounds weird but I kind of want to talk more about this, is there a way I can get your e-mail address without looking like el creepo?

  5. While normally the age would give me pause, the fact that Ria has clearly wanted/needed to be female for over four years certainly indicates that this isn’t something spontaneous. Clearly her mother believes this to be true as well, and she has know Ria for longer than anyone else.

  6. It does seem like a tough call. If caught even younger, there are drugs that can stall the onset of puberty, and begin to change things before their body settles into the adult gender.
    This is great for the guy who wants to be a woman, and much much easier than waiting another two or more years to do it. But could, obviously, be catastrophic if the mind matures into other ideas as well. Many sixteen-year-olds have as much surety as they will at eighteen or twenty-one, so I can just hope that psychological evaluations will help separate those from the ones who don’t.

  7. HER name is Ria, SHE’s sixteen years old and has been cross-dressing since the age of twelve.

    The GIRL, born BIOLOGICALLY MALE Bradley Cooper, will become Ria Cooper at some point within the next eighteen months. The surgeries will entail breast construction and genitalia reformation, amongst other hormonal treatments to fully make HER’s sex change adherent. While many people consider Cooper to be entirely too young to be making such a life-changing decision, Cooper states:

    “I’ve known for years I’m a woman. I think and act like a woman, not a man. In my mind I’m a woman, so all I need now is the operation … This is my life, and it won’t be worth living unless I have that operation…”

    Naturally, the young’un has to have consent from a parent, being that SHE’s under the legal age, and HER mother claims to have completely signed off on the surgeries. She claims that she’s in her child’s corner the entire way and wants to do whatever she can in order to help her DAUGHTER on her path to greatness and self-acceptance.

    I think it’s completely amazing that we’ve evolved to a point in society where decisions such as these are becoming more acceptable and less taboo than what they’d be considered, say, fifty years ago or even twenty years ago. Despite the fact that many individuals are opposed to such life-altering decisions, we’re progressing in the best way we can, while working with what we’ve got.

    I wish Ria good luck in HER new endeavor and hope that what SHE receives makes HER happier than SHE can even hope for.
    ______________________
    This isn’t hard. Use the correct pronouns. It is (literally) the least you can do to show respect for this young woman. She is a she just like she was the moment she drew breath in this world. She will be a she until she is dead, with or without the surgically altered genitalia that goes with the biological claim. Her brain is a woman’s brain. Her gender is female, even if her sex is male. I honestly don’t know how you wrote that article without the slightest regard to using the correct words to define Ria.

  8. I think many of us grew up with someone that we knew was assigned the wrong birth sex.

    It’s painful to watch when they are your friend. I feel for you, Merc.

    I’m just glad that they are starting to be open to this at much younger ages. I think my friend Carey didn’t get any kind of help til s/he was 35. Everyone knew that s/he should have been a guy, but back then there was no support at all.

  9. I watched a show about transgender children, and almost all of their mom’s knew that their child was the wrong gender by the time the kid was about five. Particularly the ones who had other children of both sexes. It was easier to compare the behavior.
    I applaud parents who accept reality and work to make their children’s live livable.
    And I’m very thankful that I was born in the right body. It must be a nightmare to have your brain and body at odds with each other.

  10. I recently saw a Lifetime special on men who had sex change operations and how they regretted it. In part because they could never achieve orgasm once the surgery was done but also because their feelings about what gender they are had changed. Some of them even went back and had their old gender reassigned. I think it’s best to work with what mother nature gave you. This child is too young to know what he wants for the rest of his life.

    • Oh geeze, thats right! Three guys who made a mistake totally nullify all transgender experience, especially Ria’s! Good of you to remind us.

        • My point, Lola, is that “I recently saw a Lifetime special” does not make a terribly compelling case for your point. That particular special, which I have seen, was centered around three very confused gentlemen who made choices that they ended up being unhappy with. But three people’s experience can’t dictate another person’s choices. Just because somewhere, someone turned out to not really need sexual reassignment surgery, does not mean Ria will turn out like them.

        • It’s not a courtroom here, it’s a blog so I don’t have to make a “case” only give my opinion. Are you one of those people that likes to turn everything into an argument so you can “win”?

        • Oh dear. I seem to have struck a nerve.

          Of course you are entitled to your opinion, but I think you’re avoiding the point. Yes, I am a little touchy on this subject, and to see you casually dismiss Ria’s struggle with her gender with, “This child is too young to know what he wants for the rest of his life,” is callous. To steal a great line from Froggy, “This is not a career decision.” She doesn’t need to know what she “wants” for the rest of her life, she only needs to know what she is. She is a young woman.

  11. Pingback: pop nosh: natalie takes over for sienna | celebrity news

  12. hiya im ria cooper thankyou for been so nice some of you and yes itt is hard at my age now i am 16 still waiting. it hurts me so much when people say about it that its rong about me. you dont understand how much it hurts just fink if you was in my body how would you feel. hurt sick and pain thats what i feel like. thankyou ria cooper

  13. But this outsider tory burch tote a long way from the chaotic opening days after many grinding extremely difficult to generate out, I did not be expecting today in Hong Hyun sword damage mess, thoroughly, seeing Jin Hong Hyun, the dance more, it seems covered with long filled with countless of the weather force, the face of the Lord suddenly black, black, a symbol of the light of God resistant to the backdrop of the bad guy right now is an ugly produce the blame.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>