These two beautiful parents – Gwaltney and her husband in Ohio – hosted a gender reveal party; to celebrate their son who is seventeen years old and non binary. The party was complete with a transgender flag cake.
Love Gwaltney revealed that she has a son named Gray who is non binary in a long touching Facebook post on July 12th 2020. Along with it, she also posted pictures of her son’s gender reveal party.
A Traditional Gender Reveal Party:
Love Gwaltney and her husband, Brandon, began the gender reveal party as parents generally do when babies are still in the womb. There was a box that released balloons revealing the gender of the baby, CNN reports. However once they opened this box, the balloons that came out were not pink or blue. They were yellow, white, purple, and black – basically the colors that represent the non-binary Pride flag. Following these balloons, their Son Grey Schoolcraft came out of the box.
“We wanted to announce that we got it wrong 17 years ago when we told the world we were having a little girl, and named that child McKenzie,” Love Gwaltney wrote in her Facebook post. “So, we’d like to introduce you to our SON: Grey. 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.”
The gender reveal party also consisted of a cake which was beautifully decorated in pink, blue, and white; the colors of the trans Pride flag. “I wanted the transgender flag in there because I still feel that going from whatever you are originally to nonbinary is also a transition, and it doesn’t just have to be straight female to male,” Schoolcraft said to CNN.
Gray, has been out to his stepfather and mother for a period of couple of months now – and they were nothing but supportive. However, he worried what his extended family’s reaction would be like, to this news. But luckily, he said they have been absolutely accepting of him.
Love Gwaltney’s Post Went Viral:
Since Love Gwaltney forgot to turn her Facebook post private, it has been re shared 50,000 times and more. This post even received more than 14,000 comments, and almost all of them are positive.
“Fantastic parents! Fantastic child! Wishing you all the best life has to offer,” one comment reads. Another reads, “Love the pics. What a fun reveal. Much love, respect and support to you all on this journey. Beautiful family, beautiful hearts.”
However, there is good and bad everywhere. So, there were some conservative, narrow minded comments as well. But Gwaltney handled them like a pro.
To all those negative commenters, Gwaltney wrote, “While the major majority of comments have been so loving and sweet; the hateful ones (specifically the ones telling our entire family we will be going to hell) have no place on a thread meant to celebrate our son’s transition. These bigoted, transphobic trolls are attacking a 17 year old. And shame on you for that. Luckily our children are more woke and less hateful than those leaving negative, hurtful comments.”
Her Advice To Other Parents With LGBTQ Kids:
People have also directly messaged her regarding the coming out as trans or nonbinary; or just asking for advice on how to be a right parent for a non-binary or trans kid, she said to CNN. Her piece of advice to the parents is, “Have an open mind. … Don’t try to put them in a box. Regardless of what stage your kids are in, always support them.”
Schoolcraft also shared an advice for other nonbinary and trans folks. “You get to make life what you want it to be. … So no matter what happens, even if someone doesn’t accept you, that’s not your fault; because you’re loved and you’re going to find people who will love and support you,” he said to CNN.
When figuring out who you are, all you need is support and love and warmth. It’s beautiful and heartwarming to come across such people who welcome their LGBTQIA+ kids with open arms. Because of the awareness and campaigning happening about the community around the world, this generation parents are open minded and accepting. Parents like Gwaltney and Brandon stand as a lesson to the ones who are never ready to accept that there’s nothing wrong with their child.