While lying in bed with the boyfriend, I stumble across a Facebook friend's link to a story about the "Princess Boy" and his amazing family. Immediately, the television show Criminal Minds goes mute and we begin to listen intensely to what this little boy in a dress has to say.
Cheryl Kilodavis and her 5-year-old son Dyson, who calls himself "Princess Boy," were on the Today show recently, and Dyson wore his favorite color: Pink. He spun around in his tutu freely, drew pictures in a sparkly pink shirt next to his older brother and told the Today Show Anchor Meredith Vieira that he wears girl clothes because "it makes me feel happy!"
I nearly teared up a bit. This 5-year-old boy has this much courage to go against society and do what he feels is the right thing to do....it's truly moving.
His mother, Cheryl Kilodavis, is the author of the children's book "My Princess Boy," and says she wrote it as a way to settle her unease about her youngest boy acting outside of the traditions of his gender. The children's book, an androgynous figure without a face, in a pink dress looking similar to Dyson dancing on the front, was picked up by Simon & Schuster and has become a big hit since.
This story comes at a time when gender roles and being gay have been both scrutinized and discussed a lot.
Dyson and the book are, fortunately, being well-received, and even the father appears to be very much on board - which definitely surprised me - It seems that extreme courage runs in this family. I think one of the most heartwarming moments in the clip below is when Dyson's father notes, "it's not contagious." It was at that moment, me and the boyfriend just fell in love with this family. That statement really pinpoints that this family is genuinely behind their son.
Their is no doubt that Kilodavis and her book, My Princess Boy, are doing some important work: they're teaching the world what true acceptance really means.
Dyson is adorable, and we are 100% Team Dyson. Without a doubt, Dyson and his family are definitely some of my favorite people, thus far, in 2011. They embody what I feel is true progression in the world.
But, Dyson does helps pose a new question for a new year, does gender even exist anymore?
Way to go, Dyson! I applaud you!