When Rosie Downes gave birth to twins, she and her husband, Matt, were expecting to raise two boys. Instead, they’re now raising a boy and a girl after one of their twins began identifying as a girl.
Matt noticed that Joe, now 6 and going by the name Lily, preferred pink outfits and books about fairies, while Olly was into sports and Thomas The Tank Engine from the time they were 18 months old.
According to Healthy Children, a website affiliated with the American Academy of Pediatrics, children begin to form their gender identity from a very young age.
“It really hit at 3 when she went to preschool,” Matt told the Daily Mail. “In the first three weeks, we asked the teacher how they were settling in. She said, ‘Olly has been outside playing in the sandpit, playing with the boys, while Lily has been in the fancy dress all day.’ She was drawn towards girls and built bonds and friendships with them.”