Watch the transgender and non-binary couple who are raising their child as gender-fluid
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A transgender man, Emerson, and Blue, who is non-binary, are engaged and the couple is raising their seven-year-old, child Claire as gender fluid.
26-year-old Blue says it is very important to speak to children about these aspects.
The couple, who were previously in ‘toxic relationships’, have been together for two years and Claire is her daughter from her first marriage.
29-year-old Emerson says sexuality and gender in their house is fluid.Emerson said: “It really is our biggest hope and goal that Claire finds somebody that encourages her to be herself, motivates her to find more about herself, respects her, speaks to her in a respectful way and we kind of, we hope that she finds somebody that like who we are to each other and we have set that high expectation for her.
“I never thought I would ever be seeing as of like a father figure to anybody but obviously that was a dream of mine.”
Emerson came out as transgender when he was 26 years old but he always felt like he was just one of the boys.
Emerson said: “I came out as trans when I was 26 years old. So I essentially I lived full adulthood being a woman prior. I was married before in a lesbian relationship that essentially dissolved because of my transition”.
Blue and Emerson met via Instagram when Emerson started his journey as transgender.
He said: “And we really did just start talking every day after that. it’s been that way ever since which was immediate connection.”
Blue said: “I think that boys and girls both have these expectations that society places on them. I think that you are unable to truly find yourselves within those boxes because we don’t fit those boxes”.
Emerson says that Blue and Claire have been very supportive and are very proud of him. They helped him a lot throughout his transition.
He said: “They are proud of me and my growth and things like that. They helped me with my communication a lot too. When you are growing, I mean when you are in a family you really have to be open about everything and talk about your emotions and stuff and it’s been really great for me.”
“Being a father for me is probably the greatest experience I have had, it is ever-evolving I am always learning. You learn so much about yourself.”