Florida parents raise 11-month-old infant as gender-neutral 'theyby'
A Florida couple is making waves online after revealing they have chosen to raise their infant as a gender-neutral "theyby."
Ari Dennis, one of 11-month-old Sparrow's parents, told WTSP that the family decided to raise a "theyby," a non-binary child who will one day decide their own gender, when the couple's oldest child, Hazel, began to assert their own gender around the age of 4.
According to Dennis, even Sparrow's birth certificate lists sex as "unknown."
"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 told the station.
Dennis says the couple's number one priority is to ensure that their children feel accepted and understood.
"We are in no way prohibiting Sparrow from having a gender, and we're not forcing them to be one gender or another," Dennis told WTSP.
"We want them to experience all genders," Dennis added. "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."
When asked if parents who engage in gendering behavior, such as painting their female child's nursery pink, are "nuts" or are damaging their child, Dennis said absolutely not.
"I think you're following a comfortable social narrative," Dennis continued. "And I think that there's no direct harm in it, by letting them be pink or blue or whatever."
Dennis stressed that "putting your kid at a starting point isn't bad," but added that if a child begins to show preferences associated with a different gender, that parents should try to listen and adjust their expectations accordingly.
"What is going to happen if she doesn't like these things?" Dennis challenged. "What are you afraid of?"
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