|Hailey Van Kuren|
|Name||Hailey Van Kuren|
|Affiliation||Lincoln Middle School|
|Family|| Ellen Van Kuren (mother)|
Mark Van Kuren (father)
Unnamed grandmother (deceased)
Hailey Van Kuren (born Henry Van Kuren) is a thirteen-year-old transgender girl. She is the daughter of Mark and Ellen Van Kuren. Fighting between her parents over her decision to change her gender culminated in a brutal attack on her father, a crime in which she was initially a suspect.
Born Henry Van Kuren in 1995, Hailey always knew she was a girl. When she was four, she paraded into her parents living room in her cousin's tutu and announced she was a girl. She also tried to cut off her penis with nail clippers, screaming that God made a mistake. Her parents initially viewed this as a phase. However, as she continued to demonstrate effeminate behavior, her father attempted to "fix" her, taking her to a shrink who declared that Hailey's transsexualism could be corrected if she were encouraged to act like a boy, i.e. wearing clothing typically associated with boys. Her father's attempts succeeded only in making Hailey miserable, and at age ten, she attempted to commit suicide by drinking bleach.