YouTube mom passionately defends son who likes dressing up in pink in viral post

Parker Ballinger, son of YouTube mom Jessica Ballinger

In a viral Twitter post, a YouTube mom, Jessica Ballinger, made a passionate plea defending her son and what he likes, including dressing up and more.

Ballinger and her husband Christopher have a popular online following. On YouTube, where they have over one million subscribers, they share the adventures of their family.

In October, she posted the original image and caption of her son, Parker.

Over the weeked, she re-posted it to Twitter with the caption: ‘Apparently this needs to be said again. Xoxo’

It swiftly amassed over 25,000 retweets and 110,000 likes.

Unconditional love at its finest

‘This is my son. He loves lots of things,’ Ballinger began the post.

So what things does Parker lover?

‘He loves dressing up and dancing and science and gymnastics and his family and @itsjojosiwa and Mickey Mouse and makeup and Peter Pan and drawing and math and he currently plans to marry his best friend and loves to play family with her and laments that his body can’t carry babies, but he dresses up like he’s pregnant anyway.’

Then she explained why she felt compelled to make this post.

‘I frequently see questions online asking if he’s gay or trans or why does he dress like a GIRL????’ she wrote. ‘My answer is that he is five and he loves a lot of things. If you see a boy in a dress, or playing in a traditionally female role, ask yourself— “if the roles were reversed, would I question it?”‘

Pointless gender roles

Ballinger continued her post:

‘When you see a little girl playing fireman/policeman/soldier/any previously male-only role or wearing pants or dressing like a favorite super hero or male celebrity, do you question it? Do you ask if she is gay or trans or imply that she is wrong for having the interests she has? NO, we rightfully celebrate their desire to be and do ANYTHING.

‘We call girls strong and celebrate it. Why don’t we do that for boys? We limit boys by only allowing them to love what we think boys should love.’

She wrote specifically about Parker and how she’ll love him no matter what.

‘I do not know what the future holds for our child. I will love him however he identifies. But right now, he has heroes who are girls. I celebrate that. And I think it means a lot for women. We SHOULD be heroes to our little boys. By not allowing boys to dress like the women they admire, you are telling them that being a boy is BETTER. That it doesn’t matter if that girl is brilliant, fierce, and his hero— it will make him “less” to idolize her. It doesn’t make him less to admire women. It makes him MORE. More willing to express what he is passionate about, more respectful of the women in his life and more open to believing women can be heroes.’

Positive responses

Ballinger’s tweet received many positive responses.

People wrote it was ‘sad’ this needed to be said at all and expressed their support for Parker.

People also praised Ballinger’s parenting and Parker’s spirit.

Finally, people also shared photos of their own sons who love what they love.

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Author: Anya Crittenton

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Dad throws gender rules out the window, dressing and dancing as Elsa with son

screenshot of frozen and elsa

A video of a father and son, dressed as Frozen’s Elsa and dancing to her signature song Let It Go, went viral this week.

Norwegian comedian Ørjan Burøe posted the video on Sunday (20 January) to his Facebook account. It shows him and his four-year-old son, Dexter, wearing Elsa’s iconic blue dress and performing delightful choreography.

Burøe told CBS News that, to Dexter, ‘Elsa is a superhero’.

In explaining why he posted the video, and joined his son in the first place, he said: ‘It’s important to teach children you can do whatever you want to do. It’s important to embarrass yourself and let go.’

mom is gone, no stress💞

Posted by Ørjan Burøe on Sunday, January 20, 2019

He captioned the video: ‘Mom is gone, no stress.’

Responses to the video

Many of the comments on the video were positive, with people praising Burøe for the type of father and role model he is, and bucking gender roles.

One person wrote that this video is ‘what healthy masculinity looks like’.

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Preach | Photo: Facebook

Other people took some umbrage with the fashion choices. Meanwhile, some comments inquired where Burøe acquired the adult-sized Elsa dress.

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What would Tim Gunn think? | Photo: Facebook

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Praise be to heels | Photo: Facebook

One commenter, Rob Vlasblom, immediately highlighted the importance of such encouragement from parents.

‘If i had a father like u, i may not have lived the first 27 years of my life in the closet,’ he wrote.

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brb grabbing the tissues | Photo: Facebook

Naturally, there was one person who took issue with the video… Piers Morgan.

On Twitter, he complained about CBS referring to Burøe as ‘BEST DAD’ — because others fathers in the world play football with their sons. There is, of course, nothing wrong with fathers playing football with their children, but Morgan’s comment pepetuates the harmful idea of how sons should be raised.

Piers Morgan tweets about dad in Elsa dress

Sigh | Photo: Twitter @piersmorgan

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Author: Anya Crittenton

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Vietnam’s ‘femme queer on the streets, dom top in the sheets’

Queer Vietnamese Dan Ni (Photo: provided)

‘My existence is a story to be told about gender politics, about defying what society says is masculine, feminine, what’s accepted and what is not’ says Vietnamese graphic designer Dan Ni.

In a new documentary, Dating with Dan Ni, the 24-year-old delves into LGBTI Vietnam’s world of online dating, polyamory, and femininity.

Asia’s leading LGBTI film streaming service GagaOOLala will screen it this Friday (11 January).

Dan Ni, a part-time model and drag performer and a ‘full-time queen’, challenges stereotypes that tops should look buff and act straight.

‘I’m being my truest self’ he told Gay Star News.

Vietnam's full-time queen Dan Ni (Photo: Facebook)

Vietnam’s full-time queen Dan Ni (Photo: Facebook)

His world of lace, sequins, fishnet and rhinestones battles femme-shaming and masculine ideals within the gay community. Dan Ni’s self-proclaimed ‘big gun’ also helps, apparently.

His Facebook profile once identified himself as a ‘femme queer on the streets, dom top in the sheets’.

‘The thing I want to achieve most is to plant a seed in people’s heads, so that the next time they see a kid who’s different from the norm, they will give said kid an easier time’ he told Gay Star News.

Dan Ni also talked to Queer Asia about his open relationship with his American boyfriend Shay.

‘The premise of having an open relationship is not because we want to sleep with other people, but about trust’ he said.

Queer Asia

GagaOOLala’s Queer Asia series explores Hong Kong, Philippines, Japan and Vietnam.

In the first four episodes, Cheuk Wan-chi met a number of Hong Kong’s LGBTI icons. It featured the last interview with LGBTI pop star Ellen Joyce Loo before she passed away.

Cheuk also talked to film director Jun Li. What’s more, the director has recently released Tracey, telling the story of a transgender woman.

The third episode revealed the story behind Hong Kong’s successful 2022 Gay Games Bid. The final episode, Welcome to Our World, focused on lesbian and transgender Filipino migrant workers in the city.

Three episodes explored LGBTI life in Japan. This included gay erotic manga.

Organizers of the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival launched this year GagaOOLala to amplify the voices of LGBTI people and generate awareness across the region.

Author: Rik Glauert

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