Supportive Ohio Parents Prove It's Never Too Late for A Gender Reveal Party

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday July 22, 2020

In an adorable show of acceptance, love, and support, the parents of a transgender teenager in Akron, Ohio, threw a gender reveal party for their son seventeen years after he was born.

Love and Brandon Gwaltney did it up with a cake and balloons in the colors of the transgender flag. Mom and Dad even dressed in pink and blue, CNN reported.

The highlight of the occasion occurred when their son, Grey Schoolcraft, appeared.

Media sources took note of Love Gwaltney's Facebook posts, in which the proud mother wrote:

"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.

"So we'd like to introduce you to our SON: Grey."

That post is sure to be a favorite of trans people and their supportive parents around the world for years to come, explaining in concise and gentle terms not only how parents feel about their children's gender, but also what it means for a person to know, deeply and unchangeably, that their body and their gender identity do not match.

Wrote Love Gwalney in her July 11 post:

The first thing we wonder about when we get pregnant (after all the holy crap! I'm pregnant) is, is it a boy or girl.

We get so excited, picking out clothes and nursery decor based on the sex of our babies. We throw parties, and pick out names. We assign attributes (like strength or beauty) based on what our child has growing between their legs. And MOST of the time, that works out perfectly fine.

But sometimes, we force these expected characteristics based off biological sex, and *gasp* we've gotten it wrong.

The affirming post added:

"No, we're not buying him a lifted truck. Yes, we will be buying him some new clothes."

Check out the Facebook post below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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