Stefonknee Wolschtt was married for 23 years when she realized she was transgender. She had a wife and seven children, but now lives her life as a 6-year-old with her adoptive family.
“I can’t deny I was married. I can’t deny I have children. But I’ve moved forward now and I’ve gone back to being a child,” Wolschtt explained to Daily Xtra in a video about her life.
Wolschtt’s transition was not easy as she faced a tremendous amount of disapproval from an unaccepting family.
“She said stop being trans or leave,” Wolschtt recounted, describing the struggle she faced coming out to her family, especially her wife.
“‘Stop being trans isn’t something I could do. It would be like telling me to stop being 6-foot-2 or leave. I was who I was. I was trans before we married. I was a trans parent for 23 years. It floored me. It scared me, because I didn’t know how to not be trans” Wolschtt said.
Wolschtt explained that coming out as transgender has brought her a lot of positive feedback and opened the door to a community who accept her for who she is. This includes her adoptive family that allows her to live her life as a 6-year-old.
“I can’t deny I was married. I can’t deny I have children. But I’ve moved forward now and I’ve gone back to being a child,” Wolschtt explained. “I don’t want to be an adult right now. I just live my life like I couldn’t when I was in school.”
Wolschtt says her adoptive parents are complely accepting and supportive of her decision to revert to a younger age, and that she plays with her parents’ youngest granddaughter.
“We have a great time. We color, we do kid’s stuff. It’s called play therapy. No medication, no suicide thoughts. And I just get to play,” Wolschtt said with a smile.
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