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This page gives a collection of resources about children who have nonbinary gender identities, or are gender nonconforming.

It is often thought that young children are incapable of understanding transgender and nonbinary identities, but this is untrue. Additionally, "No harm is done on an individual or societal level if a child has the option of exploring their gender identity from early on," even if the child later turns out to be cisgender.[1]

In rare cases, parents choose to raise their child without assigning a gender to them, allowing the child to come to their gender identity on their own as they grow up. These children can be known as "theybies" (mixture of the words "they" and "babies"). The concept of raising "theybies" became popularized in the 2010s, especially after media coverage in 2011 of a Canadian couple and their child named Storm.[2]

Different to raising a child as a "theyby" is the concept of gender-neutral parenting, which is the practice of parenting without enforcing gender roles or gender norms. Gender-neutral parenting relies on the idea that a child's sex assigned at birth should not dictate what clothes they are allowed to wear, what toys they are allowed to play with, etc.[3]

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Further reading[edit | edit source]

  • Gonzales, Maya. Gender Now Coloring Book: A Learning Adventure for Children and Adults. Reflection Press, 2010.
  • Lucas-Stannard, Paige. Gender Neutral Parenting: Raising Kids with the Freedom to Be Themselves. Verity Publishing, 2013.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Transgender Europe. "Overcoming Myths in Legal Gender Recognition Discussions" (PDF). tgeu.org. Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  2. Compton, Julie (19 July 2018). "'Boy or girl?' Parents raising 'theybies' let kids decide". NBC News. Retrieved 18 April 2021.
  3. Lucas-Stannard, Paige (8 January 2013). "5 Myths About Gender Neutral Parenting". Everyday Feminism. Retrieved 13 November 2021.