Dr. Phil Show Little Boy Lost

In this clip, a mother of a transgender boy provides evidence that contradicts the expectations of reparative therapist Joseph Nicolosi. Dr. Nicolosi describes his belief that transgender males are overly enmeshed with their mothers and distant from their fathers or other male figures.


Toni, the mother of the transgender boy, says she was not close with her son and that the step-dad was close.

Focus on the Family researcher, Glenn Stanton also provides commentary. Is Dr. Nicolosis argument valid? How do nature and nurture play a part in gender identity development? What are some causes of gender identity disorder? How did Toni daughter (formerly son) show signs of gender nonconformity?