San Diego Teen Shares Struggle

San Diego Transgender Teen Shares Struggle With Gender Identity

Monday, June 29, 2015

By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh, Peggy Pico

Sam Moehlig’s 11th birthday was unlike any he had before.

It was the first time he was addressed as a boy.

Sam, who was born Samantha, had battled depression and anxiety over gender identity struggles.

The Rancho Bernardo teen is now 14. He was the first patient to go through Rady Children’s Gender Management Clinic, and after years of taking hormone blockers, the Moehlig family feels it is time for Sam to take the next step in his gender transition.

“I always knew it from a young age — it was ‘I’m a boy’ but I never had the words to say it,” Sam told KPBS Midday Edition on Tuesday. “It was just confusing.”

It was confusing for his parents too.

Kathie Moehlig, Sam’s mom, said her son became depressed when he began going through puberty.

“He became extremely depressed and anxious,” said Kathie Moehling who is starting a nonprofit to help other families. “It took us a couple of years to figure out what was going on.”

But when Sam was introduced to the process of changing his gender — he was able to be himself.

“I woke up one morning and I was happy,” Sam said. “I could be proud of who I am.”

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