Young, transgender and targeted in Missouri

Max, a transgender boy, runs a race at a high school track meet in St. Louis County last month. The newspaper is using the pseudonym Max to protect the privacy of the 17-year-old. Nine years ago as a third grader, he was first introduced to his classmates as a boy. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com
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Back in third grade, when Max was introduced to his classmates as the person he really was — a boy — many of his teachers, neighbors and friends didn’t know what the word transgender meant.