Since Karuna came out as non-binary, they’ve been experimenting with new names.
Karuna explains on Twitter: “My mum [sic] has always called me “baby girl” and we’ve been experimenting with gender neutral ways to adapt that since I came out as nonbinary.”
The tweet shows a screenshot of a text from their mother calling them “baby goat” instead of “baby girl”.
My mom has always called me “baby girl” and we’ve been experimenting with gender neutral ways to adapt that since I came out as nonbinary and pic.twitter.com/cOIAgvYs5J— Karuna ⚢ (@blondbutch) June 20, 2019
With London Pride just around the corner, many people have taken to Twitter to share the tweet describing it as “the pride content we need and deserve.”
“She’s trying for you and that’s amazing.” Another tweet read.
It prompted a number of other people to share the names they are called by their parents, which ranges from “little chicken” to “tiny pancakes”.
Others joked that the G in LGBT+ should now officially stand for goat.
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Some people don’t fit neatly into the category of being a male or female, which is how the term non-binary was born.
“For example, some people have a gender that blends elements of being a man or a woman, or a gender that is different than either male or female. Some people don't identify with any gender. Some people's gender changes over time.” Transequality explains.
Twitter users are pleased by their mother’s approach to the news, with one person even commenting that GOAT could mean “greatest of all time” giving more meaning to the new nickname.
Transequality suggest a number of ways to be “respectful and supportive” of non-binary people.
These suggestions range from “trying not to make assumptions about people’s gender” to “if you’re not sure what pronouns someone uses, just ask”.
Different non-binary people use different pronouns to describe themselves, including “he”, “she” and “they”.