National Geographic : 2017 Jan
60 nAtiOnAl geOgRAphic • jAnUARY 2017 Born with an intersex chromosomal condition, Emma (below), 17, had incom- plete male and female anatomy. She was raised as a girl, always aware of her special situation. “I’m comfortable with my differences,” she says. Shy and inventive, she spends hours among the clouds in her bedroom in Florida creating intricate adventures and videos using My Little Pony dolls. Jonathan (right), eight, has identified as both a boy and a girl at the same time since age two and a half. At California’s Bay Area Rainbow Day Camp, where children can safely express their gender identities, Jonathan tries on life as a unicorn.