The fact that reporting on trans children like Nicole has been far more sympathetic than reporting on Kathy Witterick and David Stocker’s decision not to gender their child Storm is itself very telling. While it may be confusing and shocking for the general public to imagine raising a transgendered child, the story of trans children becomes relatable by making transgenderism analogous to medical disability. It’s less than ideal, but no one can help it, and thankfully there is a course of treatment to be pursued. But the idea that parents like Kathy and David would willfully choose to offer gender self-determination to their child is apparently an outrage. Kathy and David’s parenting has been subject to pathologizing and hateful commentary from expert psychologists concerned about Storm’s development. While Nicole’s parents are portrayed as compassionate and reasonable, Kathy and David have been depicted as selfish, deceitful, impulsive, and manipulative radicals using their child to enact a damaging social experiment. The experts are also concerned about Storm’s older siblings, whom they believe should not be expected to conceal “the truth” about Storm’s gender. Never mind that in the story about Nicole, it was Nicole’s twin sibling who was the first person in the family to name and accept Nicole’s desired gender; in the story about Storm, asking siblings to participate in the conscious project of decentering gender is tantamount to child abuse.