8-year-old Boy Wows At NYC Gay Pride Parade
Eight-year-old Desmond Napoles danced fiercely as he joined the Gay Pride Parade over the weekend. He wore a rainbow tutu and gold sequined cap for the event. A photo of him has since gone viral and critics were quick to react. His mother, Wendylou Napoles, has benevolently slammed them down.
Mother gracefully slams critics
NewNowNext has posted a photo of Desmond as he danced fiercely during the Gay Pride March. The photo has been liked more than 5,000 times, generating more than 200 comments which showed support. However, critics were also quick to give their negative feedback.
His mother was compelled to shut critics down as she was bothered by some of the negative comments.
Desmond “has always been very gender fluid when it came to toys and his development,” and that he “was always feminine since day one.” Wendylou wrote in the comment section of Desmond’s photo on Facebook.
She said Desmond preferred fashion dolls to action figures and also plays with trains. He never wanted sports but will always draw and does word searches. He prefers ballet class and loves dancing.
“He loves drag queens and thinks that it is fantastic that boys can play dress up and become beautiful girls, even after they grow up. He, himself, likes to play dress up in skirts and dresses,” Wendylou wrote.
She said when Desmond was not playing dress up, “he looks like any other boy,” self-conscious, especially about smiling when he has missing teeth. She said Desmond does not like school because he gets bullied, but he nevertheless excels in academics.
“We do our best to stop the bullying and involve the LGBT services at his school. We keep him involved in the LGBT community because we believe that by speaking to other people who were like him when they were his age reinforces that he is of value and that his life as he wants to live it is okay,” Wendylou wrote.
“He just needed the love and reassurance that he has a place in this world, as does any child. The development into the sparkle loving, happy, tutu-wearing boy in this photo was very natural and gradual and age appropriate,” Wendylou continued.
“We did not expose him to sexuality in the way some people project. He is old enough and smart enough to know he would be marching in the Pride parade in front of thousands of people and did all of it willingly,” she wrote more.
“This was his Pride today. He felt it. He loved it. He was it. These children will be our future. Embrace who they are. All they are asking for is the same love, respect, and acceptance of themselves as any child would.”
Proud of Desmond
In an exclusive interview with Yahoo Parenting, Wendylou said she and her husband Andrew supports Desmond all the way. They are both proud of their son.
She shared that Desmond had wanted to join the parade since he was six years old but they thought she was too young then. They finally allowed then on Sunday.
“I could tell that he was living his dreams,” Wendylou told Yahoo.
“Imagine being a boy like him and the challenges he faces every day — to be accepted by thousands and thousands of people for being yourself. That must be incredible. There were many moments when I had tears running down my face from witnessing how happy and comfortable he was and from looking around and seeing the reactions from the crowd.”
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