Karuna Vellino, known as @blondbutch on Twitter, recently shared an adorable text message from their mother.
It seems mom has been trying to come up with a new gender-neutral pet name for Karuna, who recently came out as non-binary.
The most recent name she came up with is absolutely adorable and seems to have been a favorite.
"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"
My mom has always called me “baby girl” and we’ve been experimenting with gender neutral ways to adapt that since I… https://t.co/8LCEAAONUL— Baby Goat 🐐 (@Baby Goat 🐐)1561069935.0
Baby goats are also known as kids, so the nickname is doubly cute.
Given that Karuna has now changed their display name on Twitter to "Baby Goat," it seems like the new name has probably stuck.
Twitter users absolutely loved the story.
@blondbutch This is wholesome content— Zimbala-Bad Bitch (@Zimbala-Bad Bitch)1561076813.0
@blondbutch @erinelogan I LOVE THIS BECAUSE A BABY GOAT IS A KID— Give Your Balls a Tug Tit Fucker (@Give Your Balls a Tug Tit Fucker)1561082925.0
@blondbutch @baratiepromise this is the pride content we need and deserve— dimitri time (@dimitri time)1561078066.0
@blondbutch Because you’re her “kid”!!!!!!!!!— Ras (@Ras)1561073059.0
Many also loved the fact that Karuna's mom was showing her love by changing the language she uses to refer to them.
@blondbutch She’s trying for you and it’s so amazing 😭😭😭— Van (@Van)1561073008.0
@blondbutch i want my mom to call me a goat wow thats so pure— jude (@jude)1561073843.0
Apparently Karuna's mom isn't the only person to pick an animal as a child's pet name.
@blondbutch @invisiblemoose My mother always called me little chicken. It wasn't specifically a non-binary thing… https://t.co/kp6elj1KxU— Shelle (@Shelle)1561083551.0
@blondbutch This is so sweet! My bf likes using lovey language, but I'm meh on a lot of that...so he tried "babysn… https://t.co/cGOzL4yjdB— Shira Von Doom 2: Electric Doomaloo (@Shira Von Doom 2: Electric Doomaloo)1561117168.0
@blondbutch Hi Baby Goat! I used to call my kid Otter Daughter. Since enby identifying, I now call them Baby Otter.… https://t.co/jFS9829vLg— Meow Meow Collyer (@Meow Meow Collyer)1561164290.0
This is the kind of simple thing that can show acceptance and love—making a change to the way you refer to someone.
It might take time to get used to new names or new pronouns, but a little effort can go a long way in showing your loved ones that you really do care for them.
That love can make all the difference in the world.
The book The Becoming an Ally to the Gender-Expansive Child: A Guide for Parents and Carers, available here, offers advice.
"For anyone eager to understand their child's gender experience, or to learn how best to accept, support and protect them, this book will provide knowledge, reassurance and the confidence to do so."