Love Gwaltney is a mom from Ohio that, together with her family, threw an incredible gender reveal party for her 17-year-old non-binary trans son. The family shared the news in a Facebook post that has received more than 52k shares and over 59k reactions, and you’ll see exactly why.
The post starts out with a seemingly “simple” question: “Boy or girl?”. It pictures a couple dressed in pink and blue, holding their hands on her pregnant belly, and there’s a cake in front of them with a blue and pink question mark on top of it.
However, there’s a giant cardboard box in the background, and that’s when all hail-breaks lose. No, this is most definitely not an ordinary gender reveal celebration!
As the mom writes, the first thing people wonder about when they get pregnant is: Is it a boy or a girl. They pick out names, throw parties, and everything works perfectly fine most of the time. Sometimes, though, people force the expected characteristics based on the biological characteristics, and they’ve gotten it wrong. She then announced that they got it wrong 17 years ago when they told the world that they’re having a little girl, and she introduced their 17-year-old son Grey to the world.
He’s much like any other 17-year-old nerdy boy, stays up way too late gaming, hates showering, and eats too much junk food. We will be referring to Grey with he/him pronouns from here on out, but he told us to tell you that he also doesn’t mind if you use they/them.” – Gwaltney continued.
The colors they choose for the balloons match the non-binary pride flag, and although they’re not buying Grey a lifted truck, they will buy them some new clothes.
Love has since told The Huffington Post that Grey came out to her and their stepded Brandon a few months ago, and they decided to throw the party because they weren’t sure how to send the news out to their friends and family. Grey, expectedly, was a little nervous about it, so they “added some levity” by throwing him the gender reveal party.
As it turns out, the family took the news really well, and everyone has promised to “do their best” and use the right pronouns.
The mom now urges fellow parents of trans and non-binary kids to be supportive of their children and not see they’re coming out as a “loss”, but be happy because their child is evolving into the best version of themself.