2019 was another great year for ditching gender norms that do nothing but restrict us and encourage bullying and harassment of those who refuse to be tied down. More and more parents have released videos and photos of their kids being themselves, whether it’s boys wearing dresses and makeup, girls wearing dapper suits and cutting their hair short, or kids rejecting the gender binary altogether and just living.
Some of the parents leading this trend are beloved celebrities who would rather let their children become style icons then try to force them to wear a certain type of clothing. Heck, celebrities themselves have been ditching gender norms all year.
On the Golden Globes 2019 Red Carpet, Gender Norms Be Damned https://t.co/h0outnzncf— Models Of Diversity (@ModsOfDiversity) January 7, 2019
But it’s not just the stars. Parents have been posting beautiful videos of themselves dancing in Frozen dresses with their sons and standing up to sexist school dress codes in spite of the near guarantee that some nerd is going to yell at them on the internet about it. But the more the gender police crack down, the more people are kicking the useless old rules to the curb.
Here are our favorite gender-norm-fighting parents of 2019 and beyond:
1. The dad who performed “Let It Go” as Elsa from Frozen along with his son—both in dresses
Not caring about society’s gender roles and just wanting to play with your child is one of the most manliest things a father can do. https://t.co/xbjnfIDo0I— Ren ☆彡 (@Verynonbinary) November 27, 2019
2. Megan Fox, who had no time for people shaming her son for wearing a dress to school.
“I’m trying to teach him to be confident no matter what anyone else says,” Fox said on The Talk in September. “He came home and I was like, ‘How was it? Did any of the friends at school have anything to say?’ And he was like, ‘Well, all the boys laughed when I came in,’ but he’s like, ‘I don’t care, I love dresses too much.'”
3. The dad who raged on Twitter after kids bullied his son for wearing nail polish.
4. Dwayne Wade, who defended his son from trolls taking issue with his fake nails and crop top.
As a parent my only goal is that my kids feel that i see them , love them and support them. https://t.co/ZrJp9WFdbi— DWade (@DwyaneWade) November 30, 2019
5. The mom who supported her gender-neutral drag queen kid despite people threatening to call social services.
6. The mom who lets her daughter wear whatever she wants and encourages other parents to do the same.
As a mom, I always let my daughter choose any outfit she wants. It's harder, but so vital, for boys too, writes @lilyburana.— NBC News THINK (@NBCNewsTHINK) July 7, 2019
Working out one’s personal style should be fun, not fraught, and sometimes you have to let your kid just be a kid:https://t.co/Iw4rBzFjVq
7. That time Pink and Willow wore matching suits.
8. The time the woman who invented the “gender reveal party” trashed her own idea.
Thank you, yes I “invented” the gender reveal in July 2008 and it was picked up in Bump Magazine and kinda spread from there. I’ve felt major mixed feelings about my contribution to the culture. PLOT TWIST: The world’s first gender-revealed baby girl wears suits! Exhibit A: pic.twitter.com/jh5Hf3vFAp
— Jenna K (@HighGlossSauce) July 25, 2019
9. Alicia Keys, who posted an Instagram video about how messed up it was that her son was ashamed to wear the rainbow nail polish he wanted.
10. Jaime King, who loved the pink dress and lipstick her son chose for the Incredibles 2 premiere.
11. Liev Schreiber, whose incredible Comic-Con photo includes his son dressed as Harley Quinn.
12. Amber Rose proudly getting a mani/pedi with her son Sebastian, Halloween style.
13. This actual superhero dad defending her daughter from a homophobic troll who has a problem with girls dressing up as Thor.
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This 6-year-old girl's father shared this picture of her dressed as Thor, her favorite superhero, on Reddit. A homophobic internet troll decided to comment, saying, "This is how you create a lesbian." . Her father replied, "So you think you there is something wrong if my daughter was to grow up to be lesbian? As her father all I want for my daughter is for her to grow up, be happy and be healthy, if she grows up to be gay and that makes her happy so be it. You really need to take a look in the mirror and think do you want to be that person who [tries] to somehow in your twisted way insult a 6 year old who is clearly happy dressed as her favourite superhero?" . Kudos to these people and others who aim to restore goodness in the world. 💝 . Read the full story from @goodhq (link in profile). . #herstorytime