Non-Binary Person Teaches Hateful Parent Tolerance | 22 Words

A non-binary model has gone viral for their perfect response after they received a series of hateful messages from a parent who was concerned about their child's gender identity.

Rain Dove posted the conversation to their Instagram account and was quickly applauded for their brilliant reply, which not only shut down the abusive parent but somehow changed their perspective on the matter entirely.

Keep scrolling for the full story, which comes with an incredibly heartwarming twist...

In today's day and age, more and more people are identifying as "non-binary."

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Long gone are the days where there are simply "men" and "women". It's 2019, and there are hundreds of different ways in which a person can identify... And non-binary is certainly one of the most common.

But what exactly does non-binary mean?

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According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, “non-binary" is the term people use to describe genders that don’t fall into the 2 categories of male or female.

Many people feel more comfortable with identifying as non-binary...

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But, of course, there are several people out there who can't bear the idea of a person identifying as something outside of the "normal" genders.

So they lash out.

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Like most who are uneducated on the topic, many people sit behind their keyboards and send abusive messages to those who identify as non-binary... for reasons completely unbeknown to most.

Understandably, this kind of online abuse takes a toll on people's mental healths...

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But some choose to address the issue by sharing the abusive messages they receive in a means of highlighting the prejudice non-binary people still face on a daily basis.

Enter: Rain Dove.

Growing tired of the volume of online hate they were receiving, Rain decided to out the haters by sharing their hate-filled messages to their Instagram account.

But first, a little about Rain...

Growing up in Vermont, the non-binary model has known since childhood that they are not a regular girl.

Dove began questioning their gender when they got a job as a firefighter...

“The male firefighters asked me to rate the women with them. I realized very quickly that I didn’t want to be the ugly woman in a room full of men so I went along with being a man for the next eleven months," the model told Yahoo Style.

Dove then ventured into the world of modeling...

As both a man and a woman.

Yet, despite their success in the modeling world...

Rain has received their fair share of hate, and regularly shares messages that they receive off narrow-minded individuals off the internet to their Instagram page.

And they often resort to humor to combat the cyberbullies...

Because sometimes, to laugh is the only way to combat bigotted people like the one demonstrated above.

However, Rain received a series of messages that were a little different to the rest...

Instead of the usual, mindless insults, Rain received a message from a parent who was concerned about their child's wish to change their gender identity.

The unidentified parent claimed that her child had "mental problems"...

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And expressed that she believed it was entirely Rain's fault. Initially, Rain responded with their usual sarcasm and wit, saying: "Oh no! Did I give them the flu?"

The mom then went on to elaborate...

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The woman's child, who is clearly wanting to transition from female to male, had apparently asked for a chest strap for Christmas, therefore sending their mom into a melt-down. Rain attempted to discuss the topic and asked how the woman felt about her child's decision.

The woman then went on to dub Rain as a "pervert"...

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And said that her child hates her body, all because of people like Rain.

Yet, despite the abuse...

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Rain remained calm, and responded civilly and maturely, commenting on how she must care a lot for her child to be reaching out in this manner.

And, as a result of Rain's excellent response, the tone began to change...

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The parent seemed to relax a little, and even calls Rain "refreshing" for their comments. Rain goes on to ask what she had said about getting her child a binder, in which the mom responds, "Obviously NO."

Rain goes on to tentatively suggest that she look into getting her child a binder...

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But the mom, clearly agitated again, replies: "I refuse supporting [sic] my child hating her body and I'm not a bad parent for that." Again, kind of missing the point...

Rain takes their time to explain why a binder would be beneficial for her child...

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And the mom, who initially came across as angry and hateful, begins to reveal a softer side, simply questioning why her child would want to alter their body in this way.

Rain takes the time to carefully explain what her child may be going through...

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And stresses that this child will need their mom's unconditional love and support, regardless of what gender they identify as.

The conversation's tone has changed dramatically...

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And the mom is suddenly confiding in Rain, who she was so quick to criticize not too long ago. She admits that she just wants her child to be alive and happy, and to love herself, and Rain reminds her that it is easier to love yourself when you feel loved by your family.

Suddenly, the woman begins to tentatively enquire about a strap...

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And Rain talks her through on how to safely use a strap and even recommends a company which specializes in straps and the correct usage.

The woman then says something remarkable...

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"Bless if I have more questions I can ask you". Clearly, the woman has been moved by Rain's willingness to talk and discuss the topic, and now sees them as a reliable and safe source to enquire about gender-related issues for her child.

The conversation ends on the most heartwarming note.

And the woman leaves the chat as a completely different person, writing: "I'm doing research on the bindings will chat later. Thank you very much for talking me through without being angry [sic] I want her to live a life she loves that's all."

"I know you do, so do I."

Rain's patience, maturity, and sheer kindness were able to turn the once-bigotted woman's views around completely, and potentially save her relationship with her transgender child. Bravo, Rain!