London - A couple are keeping the sex of their toddler secret – even from close family – in a bid to protect the child from "unconscious bias".
Chanti Humphrey, 38, and Jake England-Johns, 35, are raising 17-month-old Anoush as gender-neutral, dressing the infant in both boys’ and girls’ clothes.
Even the child’s grandmother only discovered the sex at 11 months when she changed a nappy. Camille Humphrey, 64, said: "It was a struggle... but as with any learning over time it became embedded."
The married couple, both circus performers and members of the Extinction Rebellion climate protest group, have asked friends and family to address Anoush using the pronouns "they" and "them".
The pair, who live on a houseboat, admitted it had led to "confused looks from old ladies in the park" but said they hoped their decision would allow the child to "grow into their own person".