Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old J goes by the pronoun 'They' and lives with their parents in the suburbs of Chicago. J is exploring their gender identity while taking hormone blockers to postpone puberty...
Genre: Drama
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"Something behind me.

I start for a second, I blench,

or staggeringly halt and burn,

I do not know my age.

In the morning it is different.

An open book confronts me,

too close to read in comfort.

Tell me how old I am.

And then the valleys stuff

impenetrable mists

like cotton in my ears.

I do not know my age.

I do not mean to complain.

They say it is my fault.

Nobody tells me anything.

Tell me how old I am."

[man] No, no.

It's okay. They're here.

[chuckles] Yeah, we're just

getting settled in clinic.

Yeah, no worries. I'll just

see you when you get here.

[hangs up the telephone]

Your parents are

running a little late.

But that gives us

a little time to chat.

[J] Okay.

[man] Okay. So,

looking at the test results, I

just didn't want you to worry.

And I wanted to make sure

that we had some time

to talk in person one-on-one.

Now, you've been

using the puberty blocker to,

as we've said,

hit a pause button

and make sure that

you're not progressing

through a puberty

that you just don't want.

And I think you'd be able to

explore things about yourself

and, you know, about the whole

transition that makes sense.

But the bone density results

are a little low,

and if we wanna

try to keep you healthy,

I think now is the time to sit

down with you and your parents

and make that decision.

Are you ready?

[door opens]

[J] Yeah.

[door closes]


"Shadows fall down."

[man] J, are you okay?

You wanna chat about something?

[J] Um, no. It's just

something I can't remember.

I memorized a poem, but

can't remember the last part.

It's okay.

I'll probably remember it.


"You never stay long enough.

Tell me how old I am.

At evening, something behind me.

I start for a second, I blench,

or staggeringly halt and burn,

I do not know my age."

[breathing heavily]

[J whispering] "At evening,

something behind me.

I start for a second, I blench,

or staggeringly halt and burn,

I do not know my age.

In the morning it is different.

An open book confronts me,

too close to read in comfort."

[knock at door]

[door slams]


[whispering] Mitsu?

[cat meows]


[whispering] I told you

not to come here.




- [Mitsu meows]

- [pot crashes]

Oh, no.

[Mitsu purring]

[J whispering] Go home.

You should go back home.

Not there.

You should go home tonight.

She'll be looking for you.

[Araz] Lauren,

how should I

introduce myself to J?

Does he...

Oh, sorry, they know

about us getting married?

[Lauren] I haven't

talked to J recently.

But I told Mom and Dad.

Turn left here. We're close.

[calm instrumental

music playing]

[J whispering] Mitsu!

[Lauren] Where you going?

You just passed it.

I thought you said

the big one with the porch.

Yeah. That's it.

I'm sorry, but all the houses

are the same here.

- They is...

- What?

It's "They is" or "They are"?

I've said a hundred times.

I'm sorry. With my English,

I need to make sure...

It's not "your English." It's

just "English." It's awkward.

You can park right up here.

[Lauren] Is that J?

Where are they going?

- Are.

- What?

I mean, it's one person,

but they are singular.

Well, we'll be together

the whole time.

You don't really have to

address them in third-person.

[laughing] What the f*ck?

[laughing] I told you

that grocery store sucks.

But pineapple is always firm.

So, what if we go to my aunt's

dinner party tomorrow night?

Well, we can just explain

that the wedding's still...

No, I mean. If I want to

introduce J to them.

Well, we'll figure it out.

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