[1] For the purposes of this essay, I am thinking about trans children who self-identify as trans and are out about that identity, but it is important to note that these are not all trans children. There are many trans children for whom that identity, discursively or otherwise, isn’t available. And there are many recognized and less recognized ways to gather under the banner of the trans child, some of which overlap with ways that the field has identified queer children. And still there are other persons, including adults, who might identify with or inhabit modes of trans childhood that couldn’t be lived out and yet co-linger with adult queer selves—a different version of Kathryn Bond Stockton’s “ghostly ‘gay’ child” (27).

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