Tweens React to Caitlyn Jenner's Transition (Video)

"It's important to be yourself because if you're not yourself, then who are you?"

Media-literacy group Hatch spoke with a focus group of children ages 9-11 to hear what they had to say about Caitlyn Jenner coming out as transgender.

The moderators showed the children a picture of Jenner running in the Olympics as Bruce followed by a photo of her in a red dress for Vanity Fair's July issue.

"She looks really confident, and I like her dress," said one tween. Multiple children commented on Caitlyn's confidence and happiness in the second photo.

"What would happen if I told you they were the same person?" asked the moderator.

"How could a boy turn into a girl? That's impossible," said one of the children.

The discussion then turned into one of acceptance. "Who she wants to be is who she should be," said one girl. The moderator shared both positive and negative comments from social media about Caitlyn. In response to the negative comments calling Jenner "sick" and accusing her of having a mental disorder, the children poignantly spoke about why people may be so hurtful.

"I think they're just scared of change," said one boy. "And I think they just want everything to stay the same because they just don't know how to handle it."

"Maybe they're just a little overwhelmed, and they're like 'Oh, my gosh, this person is taking such a big step in life,' and they don't understand what it feels like to just be who you want to be," said one girl.

Added another child: "It's important to be yourself because if you're not yourself, then who are you?"

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