4-year-old boy announces he is a boy in transgender gender reveal

A 4-year-old boy captured hearts and sparked a heated debate online after announcing he was a boy through a rainbow-fueled gender reveal at the Vancouver Pride Parade.

Charlie Danger Lloyd from Canada was assigned female at birth, but from a very young age he expressed that he was a boy, his mother said.

Images now viral and photos captured the moment young Charlie, with his grandmother at his side, launched a confetti cannon that filled the area with blue smoke.

“Once they closed the road, Charlie strutted out with Grammy and they clashed on the sidelines and after a brief struggle, the cannon exploded with blue smoke and biodegradable confetti,” her mother, Alaina Bourrel, 27, told South West. News Service after her young son ran into her arms. “Charlie jumped for joy as the crowd cheered him on. He couldn’t believe the love and support he was shown by passersby.”

Despite Charlie’s happiness, his mother said he has being attacked by vicious trolls online, calling her a “pedophile, hairdresser and rapist” for her son’s transition.

However, Bourrel said her son began expressing different gender needs at the age of 2, telling his family that he was “growing up to look like daddy” and “I’m a boy” all day, every day.

The proud mom said the parade moment was a dream after Charlie was told the family held a previous gender reveal before he was born, and the smoke didn’t work properly.

“When we told him the story, he asked to do it again with his grandmother at the Vancouver Pride Parade, so we bought him a smoke cannon and saved it for that day,” he said.

Charlie began expressing a different gender at age two.
Charlie started expressing a different gender at age 2. “Their choices of his were not questioned and they congratulated him and everyone started using new pronouns,” his mother said.
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Charlie announced that he is a boy at the Vancouver Pride Parade with his grandmother.
Charlie announced that he is a boy at the Vancouver Pride Parade with his grandmother. Despite Charlie’s happiness, his mom said that he is regularly attacked by vicious trolls online, calling her a “pedophile, hairdresser and rapist” for her son’s transition.
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“He was not the typical little girl. He was playing with other kids and parents were saying he was more of a kid than their own kids,” Bourrel recalled, saying they didn’t think of anything until the end of 2021, when she didn’t want to shop in the girls section and wanted her hair cut.

“He refused to shop in the girls’ section, but was too nervous to shop in the boys’ section,” she said. “After much expressing his feelings and emotions with me, he decided that he wanted a new wardrobe, so we set out to find our new style.”

About a month after buying his new wardrobe, Charlie was ready to get a haircut.

“We made an appointment with Lia at Big Bros Barbershop, a trans owned and operated salon in East Vancouver,” her mother said. “After leaving the room that afternoon, Charlie was a whole new kid.”

His mom says Charlie's confidence skyrocketed when he started dressing like a boy.
His mother says Charlie’s confidence skyrocketed when he started dressing like a boy: “He’s still a normal boy doing completely normal boy things.”
Alaina Bourrell/ SWNS

After changes to her wardrobe and appearance, her confidence skyrocketed.

“It’s been four months now since you started your social transition,” he said. “He’s still a normal kid doing completely normal things like playing with Lego.[s]use your creativity and learn to ride a bike.”

Despite online haters criticizing her parenting choices, Bourrel said Charlie’s family and friends have been nothing but support for the preschooler.

“His choices were not questioned and he was congratulated and everyone started using new pronouns,” she said, adding that it is no different than raising any other child and that she appreciates the support of those in her inner circle.

“We are very lucky to have the circle that we have,” he said.

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