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galivantstom
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02:43 PM on 11/11/2012
Lif's way too short. You and Twirl savor it and whatever he grows into so be it. Remember, you're just along for the ride and Twirl will have to play the hand he's dealt. No matter what, relax and go with the flow.
02:12 PM on 11/11/2012
Beautiful story and family. I can't really imagine what my life would have been like, had I had this kind of support. But it warms my heart to know that times, they are a changing! Hope at last!
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Atwill
Stitch - Aloha means family
02:01 PM on 11/11/2012
You dressed your kid as an octopus? Really? Well squid diddily dillily. The rest, vey cute.
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01:19 PM on 11/11/2012
This story will haunt him on the internet forever :-)
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twinter14
From the U.K. to Texas. don't ask.
04:09 PM on 11/11/2012
What a spiteful thing to say. And directed towards a child, no less.
09:50 PM on 11/11/2012
Your joking right? Be mad at the angry "mom" who wrote this article. She sure isn't looking out for him by posting pictures of him on the Internet. If she did the story without his pictures that might be a different, but she didn't. She included multiple shots, and did it in a forum where people routinely spout hate.

Listen, if her son likes those costumes, then let him wear them (if they feel its best). But to write a story about it on a major news site and include pictures -- well I don't think it's in the best interest of the child. And before you say it's the parents choice, yes your right but that doesn't mean I have to agree with it.
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LintLass
"When you can balance a tackhammer on your head...
10:41 PM on 11/11/2012
Unless of course he or she doesn't feel threatened by your attempt to shame them?
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12:45 AM on 11/12/2012
I haven't threatened or attempted to shame anyone.  His mother is the one who exposed him to public ridicule. 
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09:39 AM on 11/11/2012
Amazing the negative reactions. The US has drones killing babies - both straight and gay in Yemen and Pakistan and that is okay - no one seems to stress about that. But people are worried about some boy they will never meet or see who wears a dress once a year. Go do something useful with your life - help the homeless at a soup kitchen, volunteer somewhere like a hospice where the last thing a dying person's mind is that a boy somewhere is wearing something that is not fashionable by today's standards (but was the norm in the days of the Bible!).
04:19 AM on 11/13/2012
.....And still IS by the same religious nuts who see this as gay and wrong!!
Thanfully, though, I'm still not finished with page two here and I've only spotted a small hanful of bad comments compared to all the good ones!! :-) There IS hope for us, yet!!!!
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08:06 AM on 11/11/2012
You "Go" Mom - Love your Support - After all its Halloween and its all about Fantasy and being what ever you want to be on that day - People reading anything else into need some help themselves -
Rick ( Florida )
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LintLass
"When you can balance a tackhammer on your head...
10:53 PM on 11/11/2012
Oh, give us a break: Kids can be anything they want on Halloween but what you assign as 'gender-appropriate?'
08:01 AM on 11/11/2012
With Twirl as a name this boy will more than likely be bullied in school especially if they see him dressing like a fairy.
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EmmaDarian
All in all, I'm loving every rise and fall (RHCP)
08:32 AM on 11/11/2012
First, had you read the article completely, you would have seen it is not hi actual name, but rather a pseudonym for the article.

Second, better to raise a child to be himself than to raise a bully. This kid may be better able to stand up to bullies because he's been raised to have confidence in himself.
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caution50
atheist, geologist, humanist
09:34 AM on 11/11/2012
"Editor's note: This post uses pseudonyms to protect the identities of minors."

Attention to detail is your friend.
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Westies
07:06 AM on 11/11/2012
Twirl???? What the heck kind of name is that? No better than a boy named Sue! It's these parents that actually need the help and the mother has issues. The boy is just a kid....who should change his name!
keblev
liberty and justice for all, not some
07:33 AM on 11/11/2012
It's a pseudonym, as the author said. Calm down.
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proscanusa
res ipsa loquitur
09:58 AM on 11/11/2012
Hush. We are not supposed to name kids pseudonym as they may grow up to be pseudonymites... if you follow me.
leavesbound
my micro bio is empty? is that your diagnosis?
07:40 AM on 11/11/2012
What does it matter what his name is? If he wants to change his name he certainly has that choice when he becomes an adult. I read this article and I see no issues at all unless you think letting a child be what they are is an issue.
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proscanusa
res ipsa loquitur
10:00 AM on 11/11/2012
Until such time as he can decide for himself, he needs parents to guide him and enforce parental disciplines - by all appearances the whole family needs a lesson about a little word called BOUNDARIES.
07:04 AM on 11/11/2012
I don't have any issues with the boy wearing this, I mean, it IS Halloween and I have dressed as a scarecrow, etc. The problem I have is TWIRL for a boy's name? WHAT? Oh and FIRECRACKER? Come on - seriously?
leavesbound
my micro bio is empty? is that your diagnosis?
07:41 AM on 11/11/2012
What is wrong with that name? At least he knows what his name means. Do you know what your name means?
08:02 AM on 11/11/2012
Here ya go:Rebecca \r(e)-bec-ca, reb(e)-cca\ as a girl's name is pronounced ree-BEK-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Rebecca is "to bind". Biblical: Rebekah, noted in the Genesis account as a maiden of beauty, modesty, and kindness, became the wife of Abraham's son, Isaac. The name was used by the Puritans and was common through the 19thcentury. Use of the name in the novel and film "Rebecca" also revived it. PhilanthropistRebekah Harkness; author Rebecca West; actress Rebecca De Mornay.
08:46 AM on 11/11/2012
lol... oh my god... HAHAHA..!!! love it
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07:53 AM on 11/11/2012
Hey, Frank Zappa named his kids Moon Unit and Dweezil. Lighten up a little.
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DDL13
07:03 AM on 11/11/2012
With names like Twirl & Firecracker I'd expect nothing else....
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EmmaDarian
All in all, I'm loving every rise and fall (RHCP)
08:37 AM on 11/11/2012
You somehow missed the editor's note that would have told you those are not the children's names, but rather pseudonyms.
07:00 AM on 11/11/2012
Why would you subject your son to this type of redicule. Raise him up in the way he should go,if he departs from it ,then it's on him. It's almost as if your grooming him to be gay. Look at him with his hand on his hip looking like tinkerbell. So don't be surprised when he comes home one day and say's " Dad, I'd like for you to meet my fiance Buster, Buster Cherry.
leavesbound
my micro bio is empty? is that your diagnosis?
07:43 AM on 11/11/2012
Subject? She is allowing him the freedom to be what he is. Who are you to decide who she should raise her kids? Oh and it is not possible to groom someone to be gay. You cannot make anyone gay. either they are born gay or they are not.
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comgeek26
What, me worry?
01:46 PM on 11/11/2012
It doesn't matter how he was raised-ask me, I would know. The way my mom raised me had little to do with the person I became, except that my mom raised me to be educated and a little more broad minded. Oops! Sorry, I know "broad minded" are bad words to conservatives.