Parents making a big deal about announcing the sex/gender of their child is not a new thing. From simple “It’s a boy/girl!” banners that are hung at baby showers to full-blown gender reveal parties (Yes, they’re real. And weird.), what gender someone’s child will be is apparently a huge deal. However, a parent announcing their child’s gender after a child is born—about 19 years later, no less—isn’t something you see every day. I mean, there was that one British couple who raised their child ‘genderless,’ but that was a few years ago.
So when Jodi Gholson Oliver made the following Facebook post on March 27, it received a lot of attention and not because she had made a similar attempt to raise a ‘genderless’ child. Her post was actually a coming out post on behalf of her son, but she made the announcement in a fashion similar to traditional gender reveals. The result is creative and touching.
Check out the post below!:
Yep, it’s true! I am proud to announce that I have given birth to a bouncing baby boy on December 18, 1994. For about 18 1/2 years we thought he was a girl, who just happened to like bugs, tattoos, flames, skulls, snakes, lizards, etc, etc. Then one day Jes explained to us that he never felt like he was supposed to be a girl, always identified more as boy and therefore planned on living as a male (a term called transgender in case you are not sure). This is something that we have all seen over the years and I am so happy that he can finally feel like the person he was born to be!
If you have any questions please feel free to ask me, as I will do my best to help you understand a concept that may be unfamiliar to you! If you think your question may be inappropriate, it probably is and I will probably not answer it!
The post has received more than 150,000 likes. Her son Jes—the subject of the post—shared the original post on Tumblr. It has racked up more than 160,000 notes.
The response has been overwhelmingly positive. “The world needs more parents like you,” Christine Saferight said in a Facebook comment. “Your son is a very lucky young man to have such a strong advocate in his life.”
“You are an extraordinary, wonderful human. I hope that all parents strive to be as accepting and loving as you do,” said another commenter. “We should all love the way you do.”
Ms. Oliver did not expect her post to get so much attention. “I thought when I made this announcement on FB I was just letting all of my friends and family know about recent developments in our lives,” she wrote in a follow-up post. “I had no idea this was going to affect so many people like it has … it’s just amazing!”
What do you think of the way Ms. Oliver made this announcement? Do you know anyone who has come out in an interesting or creative way? Let us know in the comments!