A mum named Devon Berryann from Pennsylvania in the US has struck a chord with parents and Facebook users – thanks to an honest post about her 6-year-old son’s penchant for nail polish.
The status, which has been shared 12,500 times, details Devon’s son’s love for wearing “girls’ clothes”, tutus and painting his fingernails.
She also goes on to say that her son talks about liking boys, and how she worries that he’ll be bullied and targeted… so she considered asking him to remove his nail polish for school.
On Facebook, she wrote:
“My six-year-old son likes to wear nail polish. He likes to wear girls’ clothes and tutus.
“He tells me about the boys he likes at school. He says he will marry them and adopt babies.
“Maybe he will outgrow it. Maybe not. I love and accept him for who he is. I always thought that doing that would protect him from the pain of hurtful words and bullies, and I didn’t worry.
“A couple days ago he came home and told me again about kids teasing him at school for his nail polish, and for the first time ever I considered talking him into taking it off. Into hiding that part of himself.
“Because for the first time ever I was scared that he would be gunned down one night when he was out having a good time with his friends.
“In that moment I was so terrified that I wondered if it would be better to stop appeasing him. Then I remembered all the reasons I let him be who he wants.
“Because it makes him happy. Because nothing hurts more than seeing your child truly sad. Because pretending to be someone you’re not to please other people only leads to self-loathing.
“To depression and to suicide. And that too made me afraid. Why do I have to fear for him because of what he likes and who he cares about? Aren’t we past all this yet?”
And Devon ended her post with something that really hits home, and shows her son that he can be whoever he wants to be…
“As scared as I am, I know that this world is not going to change with more fear. It has plenty of that. What it needs is more love and acceptance.
“So yesterday, we went out and bought more nail polish, and today we wore tutus. So here he is world. See my boy for the amazing person he is. Show him love. Show him acceptance. Help us change the world into one that deserves him.”
More power to you, Devon ?
Images: Facebook/Devon Berryann