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Family members applaud a camper as he makes his way down the fashion-show runway.  Lindsay Morris

Family members applaud a camper as he makes his way down the fashion-show runway.
Lindsay Morris

Slate Features Camp for Crossdressing Boys Ages 6-16

By Jerry A. Kane

Camp “You Are You,” featured in Slate magazine, is not a traditional summer camp. The “only camp of its kind in the country” is an annual four-day camp created for gender-confused boys ages 6 to 16 and their families.

Photographer Lindsay Morris has attended the camp for crossdressing boys for the past three years, and has recently published on her website a “You are You” photo-essay of young boys dressing up as girls during the camp.

Morris’ photos on Slate show boys applying makeup, rehearsing their “ta-dah” moment, and strutting across the stage in high heels and dresses for the camp’s talent and fashion shows.

Some practice for the talent show all year, and others create their own gowns with their mothers or friends of the family.”—Lindsay Morris, photographer

According to Morris, the camp is for parents whose 3-year-old boy likes “to wear high heels and prefers to go down the pink aisle in K-Mart and not that nasty dark boys’ aisle.”

People demonize these kids. But this is who they are. The other choice for many of them is going to be suicide.”—Nick Teich, founder and director Camp Aranu’tiq a.k.a. Camp You Are You

As a privacy and safety precaution, the camp’s location is kept secret from the parents until the child is enrolled. Also, campers, staff, parents, and visitors are required to sign a confidentiality agreement.

I feel pretty

Oh so pretty

I feel pretty and witty and bright

And I pity

Any girl who isn’t me today

As legendary talk-radio host Bob Grant used to say, “It’s sick out there folks, and getting sicker.”

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see “A Boys’ Camp to Redefine Gender,” “Crossdressing camp for boys as young as six draws criticism from Christian leaders” and “Camp unites transgender kids on outskirts.”

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