Stefonknee Wolscht, 52, lived as Paul until she realized she was trans at age 46 and was not accepted by her family.
After two suicide attempts and a bout of homelessness, she found hope in the transgender community in Toronto
She now resides with an adoptive ‘mommy and daddy’ and spends her time playing with dolls and the couple’s young grandchildren
Canadian man who was married, with seven kids, has left his family in order to fulfill his true identity – as a six-year-old girl.
In emotional video with gay news site The Daily Xtra in collaboration with The Transgender Project, Stefonknee (pronounced ‘Stef-on-knee’) Wolscht, 52, of Toronto, says she realized she was transgender – rather that simply a cross-dresser – at age 46, and split from her wife, Maria, after she told her husband to ‘stop being trans or leave’.
Now, Stefonknee lives with friends who she cans her ‘adoptive mommy and daddy’ as a six-year-old girl, dressing in children’s clothing and spending her time playing and coloring with her adoptive parents’ grandchildren.
Stefonknee says her ‘adoptive’ family, which consists of an older couple and their children and young grandchildren, are completely accepting of her identifying as a little girl.
She says she’s living as a six-year-old girl because it’s something she could never do when was in grade school.
‘I can’t deny I was married. I can’t deny I have children,’ she says in the video. ‘But I’ve moved forward now and I’ve gone back to being a child. I don’t want to be an adult right now.’
Stefonknee further adds: ‘I have a mommy and a daddy – an adopted mommy and daddy – who are totally comfortable with me being a little girl. And their children and their grandchildren are totally supportive.’
She says she previously lived as an eight-year-old girl, until the couple’s granddaughter asked her to be the younger sister instead.
‘A year ago I was eight and she was seven. And she said to me: “I want you to be the little sister, so I’ll be nine.” I said: “Well, I don’t mind going to six.” So I’ve been six ever since.
In the winter, Stefonknee earns money by plowing snow, and when she’s at home with her adoptive family, they color and ‘do kid’s stuff’.
‘It’s called play therapy. No medication, no suicide thoughts. And I just get to play,’ she shares.
video, Stefonknee talks of her reaction to her wife’s ultimatum to ‘stop being trans or leave’, sharing: ‘To me, “stop being trans” isn’t something I could do. It would be like telling me to stop being six-foot-two or leave.’
Stefonknee, who previously went by the name Paul, worked as a mechanic and was a dedicated member of the Catholic church, says she was trans before she got married to Maria after high school, but wasn’t educated about what that meant, and was terrified of being different.
In a previous episode of The Transgender Project, Stefonknee said she first realized she was different from other boys as early as age six, because she was always jealous of the girls at school who got to wear new dresses on picture day.
Stefonknee, who then went by her given name Paul, began dating a woman named Maria in high school, and they later married. Maria was surprised by Paul’s love of women’s clothing, but was initially supportive, and even bought him an outfit.
‘The next day, she bought me a black pleated skirt, a white blouse, and a grey camisole… so then I had an ally.’
But while Maria was supportive of her husband’s cross-dressing, she did not accept him as transgender.
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