Transgender Camp For Kids: TLC Airs Documentary On Summer Camp 'You Are You' Where LGBT Boys Can Be Themselves

Inquisitr Staff

A transgender camp for kids was recently featured on a TLC documentary titled Transgender Kids Camp. The one-hour documentary aired on Wednesday and followed another transgender documentary on TLC, Transgender Kids. Both documentaries featured stories of children who knew at a young age they were transgender. However, Transgender Kids Camp only focused on boys who attend the transgender camp for kids called Camp "You Are You" located somewhere in the Midwest.

BuzzFeed shared a story on the transgender camp for kids and the TLC documentary on the same day it aired. On June 1, BuzzFeed wrote that a film crew was allowed into Camp "You Are You" for the very first time to follow the lives of several families with transgender boys as they attend summer camp. The transgender camp for kids isn't just for LGBT kids. According to BuzzFeed, parents are just as involved at Camp "You Are You" as the kids are.

"Ryan was certain that there was no one like her on the planet — she was shocked."

Sabrina went on to say that some of the kids who attend the transgender camp aren't completely transitioned and are scared, but they end up leaving Camp "You Are You" at the end of the week proud and ready to present to the world as transgender. Sabrina's husband, Chris, 57, agrees, saying that kids come as camp starts "shy and timid," but by the end of camp on Saturday night, the transformation in them is "incredible."

"You have to see it to believe it," said Chris.

Director Nick Sweeney captured a lot of what goes on at the transgender camp for kids for the documentary that aired on TLC on Wednesday. Camp "You Are You" is just like any other summer camp with a lake, an obstacle course, and campfires. Transgender Kids Camp gave viewers a glimpse of some of the workshops for parents, pool parties, ice breakers, and other activities that go on at Camp "You Are You" over the course of about a week. The last night of the transgender camp for kids ends with a fashion show called "Free to Be Me."

According to Ryan, the fashion show is the main event of Camp "You Are You."

"It's different than just wearing feminine clothes every day at school. It's full-on, blow-out, gung-ho wearing dresses and really magical. I saw all of the makeup and the nail polish and dresses — the holy grail, basically. I was just like, 'I will use every single one of these. I'm going to look pretty! I'm going to look the best!' But I actually looked like a train wreck because I did all my makeup myself. It was fun though, and I indulged myself in all those amazing items that were there for me."

Parents of transgender kids who say their lives will never be the same are now left wondering where they can find Camp "You Are You," which is reportedly located somewhere in the Midwest. However, 2Paragraphs shared the locations of another popular transgender camp for kids called Camp Aranu'tiq that's been in operation since 2009. With two camp locations, one in Southern California and one in New Hampshire, Camp Aranu'tiq offers summer camp sessions for entire families with transgender kids ages eight to 18.

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