Parents Raise 11-Month-Old Baby as Gender Neutral ‘Theyby’

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Parents in Florida have opened up about how they’re raising their eleven-month-old infant, Sparrow, as a gender-neutral “theyby.”

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Ari Dennis, one of Sparrow’s parents, wants their child to be able to decide their own gender at an older age.

After appearing on Good Morning Britain to discuss their parenting technique, Dennis told WTSP that their family decided to raise a “theyby” – a non-binary child who will, one day, decide their own gender. The couple’s oldest child, Hazel, decided their gender at the age of 4.
Sparrow’s birth certificate even says “unknown.”

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“We did not assign a sex at birth which means when they were born, they had genitals, we know what they are, we just chose to acknowledge that those genitals don’t indicate anything about gender,” Dennis said.

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The couple wants to make sure that their children feel accepted and understood – something that is their number one priority.

“We are in no way prohibiting Sparrow from having a gender, and we’re not forcing them to be one gender or another. We want them to experience all genders, so them going out in public and people treating them like a girl, getting treated like a boy and then getting treated like someone you can’t tell shows them what the diverse options there are.”

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“I think you’re following a comfortable social narrative.”

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When Dennis was asked whether or not people who engage in gendering behavior are damaging their child, they replied “absolutely not” and went on to explain that if a child’s room is to be painted pink or blue, it will not be detrimental to the child.
But if a child who has been assigned a specific gender as an infant decides eventually they wish to be another gender, their parents should listen to them accordingly and adjust to their child’s wishes as a result of their decision.

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“What’s going to happen if she doesn’t like these things?” Dennis asked.

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The parent questioned what would happen if a child didn’t like the things that were socially conventional to them, emphasizing that not all girls will like to play with conventional “girl” toys and the same goes for boys too.

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However, some people just don’t agree…

Inserting a meme from Marvel’s Black Panther, one person believed it to be “nonsense.”

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“Unfit parent,” another person commented on Twitter.


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“It’s child abuse, so the mother can indulge her own agenda.”


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What do you think about Dennis’ views on gender?

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Do you think they are wrong to raise their children as non-binary? Or do you think it’s a refreshing outlook on the current gender standards our society holds?

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