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.