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Where Is He or She Now? An Update on the Great Genderless Baby "Storm" of 2011


Boy or a girl? Generally one of the first questions parents answer about their lil ones, it's the one that Toronto parents Kathy Witterick and David Stocker opted to skip completely when their baby was born nearly one year ago, on New Year's Day. Named Storm, an appropriate moniker for a child that was the subject of more than a little controversy, the baby's parents publicly announced that they would not be revealing Storm's gender in The Toronto Star. Unsurprisingly, the family has faced its share of haters, critics, and detractors over the past year who feel that the family is more than just wacky — that they're doing actual psychological damage by imposing their extreme beliefs on their innocent lil ones.

Today, as Storm's first birthday approaches, the lil one is thriving. With two doting older siblings — including big brother Jazz, whom his parents identify as "gender independent" thanks to his affinity for pink, fairy birthday parties, and dresses — and a community of supportive friends, the family is sticking by their commitment to raise their children with "the freedom to choose who they want to be, unconstrained by social norms about males and females." What do you think? Inspiring trailblazers or irresponsible parents?

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lickety-split lickety-split 4 years
is there some shame involved in what sex you are? there is a difference between keeping something private and keeping a secret. if they wanted privacy, they wouldn't have sent out press releases on their family. they want to have a secret. its creepy. let your boy wear a dress. let your girl play football. but if they really want their children to embrace who they are; let their children say it out loud. keeping the gender of this baby a secret, and enlisting its older siblings is very strange. is their whole childhood going to be about the secret of the youngest child's sex? and when another child askes this kid, "are you a boy or a girl?" does the child get to answer, or does it have to say it doesn't know or isn't allowed to say? why is there a problem with being what you are? rather than being defined by its sex, the child is being defind by its weird-o parents.
Orthey Orthey 4 years
Trailblazers for sure! I'm in :) So inspiring...There is hope that one day our society will slowly become a gender-bias-free place where you could apply for jobs, run for office, etc without having people judge you or impose stereotypes based on what's in your pants :)
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