20 Celebrity Parents Who Are Raising Their Kids In Gender-Neutral Environments

It’s becoming increasingly popular to raise children in a gender-neutral environment. So a little boy wants a dress, or a little girl wants a suit? No problem! Despite some opposition to this thinking, it is hoped that gender-neutral children will grow up knowing they can be safe in whatever identity they choose. And that’s what these 20 celebrity parents are wishing for their kids.

20. Pink

Singer Pink is outspoken about many things, and one of them is how she chooses to raise her daughter, Willow. “We are a very label-less household,” she told the Sunday People in 2017. “Last week Willow told me she is going to marry an African woman. I was like, ‘Great, can you teach me how to make African food?’ And she’s like, ‘Sure mama, and we are going to live with you while our house is getting ready.’”

19. Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez has two children, twins Maximilian and Emme. But she also seems pretty close to her sister’s kids. In July 2017 she posted an Instagram message about one of them and referred to them throughout as “they” – the preferred pronoun for gender-neutral people. Her fans congratulated her on the good aunt-ing. And it suggests that her own kids will be in safe hands if they end up preferring such a pronoun themselves.

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18. Bryce Dallas Howard

Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard lets her daughter Beatrice express herself in any way she wants. Even if that means having no hair. “She was bald for a very long time, and so gender [was] a little unclear,” the actress told People in 2017. “But that was fine, and there was no problem. I really wanted to wait for her to lead me in a certain direction.”

17. Russell Brand

Before Russell Brand’s daughter was born, he went on The Jonathan Ross Show in 2016 and remarked on how he intended to raise the baby. “I may not even ever impose a gender upon it, let the child grow up and be whatever the hell it is, never tell it there is such a concept,” he said. And now that his daughter has arrived, he is sticking by his conviction by not automatically dressing her in clothes traditionally associated with girls.

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16. Jaime King

Jaime King’s mother was a big advocate for LGBT rights, and now Jaime is the same way. She’s bringing up her children, Leo and James, gender-neutral. Not only that, but in 2016 she launched the world’s first gender-neutral children’s clothes line, Gardner and the Gang. “It’s not about me putting out an agenda,” she told Stylecaster in 2017. “It’s more, ‘If you like it, you wear it. Great.’ Why can’t kids just explore and be who they are?”

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15. Dean McDermott

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In 2012 Dean McDermott defended allowing his and Tori Spelling’s son, Liam, to get a pedicure. “He asked if he could get his nails painted like mom and his sister Stella. I gladly obliged him,” McDermott wrote on his blog at the time. “He would get his nails done with black and yellow like Batman, or red and blue with spider webs. He was a superhero and a rockstar.”

14. Gwen Stefani

Singer Gwen Stefani spoke to PrideSource in 2015 about the way she chose to raise her kids. Her oldest, Kingston, likes tutus and nail varnish and she’s happy to encourage him. She recounted to the publication a story about Kingston painting his nails pink. When she asked if he would be embarrassed later, he told her, “No, I don’t care, it’s a cool color.” And the singer was impressed with the youngster’s reasoning. “I just love that,” she said.

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13. Dascha Polanco

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Orange Is the New Black actress Dascha Polanco is a self-described “free-range parent.” She explained her mothering style to People’s Celeb Parents Get Real segment in 2018. Her kids, pre-teen Aryam and teenager Dasany Kristal, would be “independent and successful,” she said. And though they were given rules to follow, they would also be “embracing their individuality” in “gender-neutral homes.”

12. Beyoncé

Of course, Beyoncé was always going to be an incredibly cool mom. She has three children now, her eldest daughter Blue and twins Rumi and Sir. And she’s opted to raise them as gender-neutral as possible. “They don’t have to be a certain type or fit into a specific category,” she told Vogue in 2018. “They can explore any religion, fall in love with any race, and love who they want to love.”

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11. Paloma Faith

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When British singer Paloma Faith had her first child in 2016 she made her intentions clear to the media. “I’m loving being a mum. I want two or three kids in all, and they will all be gender-neutral,” she told the Mirror while at the Q Magazine Music Awards. She reiterated this stance the following year. “I don’t differentiate gender because I don’t believe you should to a young child,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

10. Olivia Wilde

Olivia Wilde has two children with Jason Sudeikis, Otis and Daisy. And she’s noticed Otis taking an interest in Disney princesses. “He loves Moana, obviously, and when he thinks about Moana, he thinks of himself as Moana,” she told People in 2018. And she was perfectly happy with that. “He still doesn’t judge things like pink, or dance or gymnastics. These aren’t things that are gender-specific yet.”

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9. Charlize Theron

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Charlize Theron has an adopted son, Jackson, from her home country of South Africa. Jackson likes princesses and dressing in princess outfits – and Theron faces endless criticism for it. Some people have suggested that Theron’s child is actually transgender – and if that turns out to be the case, allowing them to dress how they choose is a positive step on that journey.

8. Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson’s son EJ is a reality TV star, appearing on Rich Kids of Beverly Hills. He is also gay, and dresses gender-fluid. This caused some initial concern with his religious father, but it didn’t last. Now Johnson fully supports his son. “It’s all about you not trying to decide what your daughter or son should be or what you want them to become,” he told Ellen DeGeneres in 2017. “It’s all about loving them ? no matter who they are.”

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7. Majandra Delfino

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Roswell actress Majandra Delfino happily raises her children gender-neutral. She talked to People about it in 2016. “We didn’t really allow a lot of princess-y stuff into the house. Not a lot of pink and all that,” she said of her daughter Cecilia. “I always try to buy her clothes that I could give to her brother after, so it’s always gender-neutral, and she is offended when I give her a skirt now. I thought that was interesting.”

6. Celine Dion

Celine Dion has three boys, and she raises them gender-neutral, allowing them to engage with princess toys, as well as superhero ones. And in 2018 she actually launched her own gender-neutral children’s clothing brand with the company NUNUNU. “It’s about giving [children] freedom. Freedom of expression. Getting away from stereotype,” the singer told CNN. “Giving them the opportunity, before they speak, they already have a voice.”

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5. Zoe Saldana

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Guardians of the Galaxy hero Zoe Saldana spoke in 2018 about the way she opted to raise her three male children. “We have a very gender-neutral environment where my husband participates in a lot of tasks that were normally given to woman and vice versa,” she told Us Weekly. “I think it’s important to raise boys in that environment, and girls as well.”

4. Will Smith

Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith have always been relaxed parents. As a result, their children Jaden and Willow tend to express themselves in whatever way they like. Jaden especially is noted for this, wearing female-gendered clothes likes skirts and dresses. And though Will has admitted he finds Jaden’s nonconformity unnerving as a parent, he still supports him completely.

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3. Amber Rose

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Amber Rose allowed her little son Sebastian to paint his nails for Halloween in 2016. “We encourage our children to paint, draw and be creative, so why block them from their creativity when it comes to self-expression?” she wrote on Instagram at the time. And though she had a lot of insults aimed her way, lots of people also came out to support her.

2. Megan Fox

Twitter trolls frequently object to Megan Fox allowing her sons to have long hair and wear dresses. But nothing is going to stop her doing it. In 2017 she told Media Planet that when she became pregnant with her first son, she decided to “provide an environment for him early on that would allow him to discover how he wanted to express himself.”

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1. Angelina Jolie

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Angelina Jolie is famous for allowing her kids’ self-expression. And so when Shiloh, her daughter with Brad Pitt, wanted to wear boy’s clothes, Jolie let her. “She likes to dress like a boy. She wants to be a boy. So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of her brothers,” the actress told Vanity Fair in 2012. If Shiloh ever comes out as transgender, she’s in good hands.

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