‘We Don’t Want Our Children Pigeon-Holed’
Bonnie Love is a mother who didn’t want her youngest child, Isabella, growing up with a gender assignment.
So when Isabella was born, Love and her female partner didn’t use a gender-specific pronoun. They gave her toys that are popular for both boys and girls. They didn’t use gender-specific colors, such as pink and purple.
The goal: let Isabella choose her gender.
“Our family had a really hard time with that because it’s not normal, and people wanted to know whether or not to buy the pink or the blue, and I also didn’t want that,” Love told Fox 11 television in Los Angeles.
It’s part of a new trend among some parents of raising “theybies” – newborn babies who spend the first years of their lives without a gender assignment, apart from the birth certificate.
“I think that you’re born a specific way, and… however you identify is on your own,” Love said.