Charlize Theron has revealed that her seven-year-old, Jackson, proclaimed her gender to the actress at the age of three.
Theron told The Daily Mail,
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too. Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: ‘I am not a boy!’
So there you go! I have two beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive.”
Jackson is an older sibling to three-year-old August.
“They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.
My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be.
And I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that.”
Theron has long been an LGBTQ ally. In 2017 she criticized the lack of bisexual representation in Hollywood.
Fellow actors and activists supported Theron’s recognition of her daughter, including Sense8 actress, Jamie Clayton, writing on Twitter,
“Sending you so much love and light. Thank you beyond.“
UK based charity, Mermaids CEO, Susie Green, told Gay Star News the respectful coverage of the story by mainstream media was a welcome change.
“Parents are constantly criticized for believing their gender variant children and supporting them to live authentically.
We applaud Charline Theron for listening to her daughter. Too often children are dismissed, their feelings regarded as irrelevant.
Recognition that a child or young person knows who they are is hugely important, whatever age they trust their parents with this truth.“
.@CharlizeAfrica Sending you so much ✨💓✨ Thank you beyond. ⚡️— Jamie Clayton (@MsJamieClayton) April 19, 2019
(Photo, Avalon; via Gay Star News)