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Zoe Saldana has revealed snippets of her personal life, specifically how she raises her three sons with husband Marco Perego Saldana.

The Avengers actress, who plays Gamora in Guardians Of The Galaxy, shares four-year-old twins Cy and Bowie with Marco, as well as two-year-old Zen.

She opened up about how she raises her little boys, revealing that she was attempting to keep her household a "gender-neutal environment" with male and female inspirations involved in their lives.


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"I’m always gonna be honest and that is always the best way to welcome healthy and truthful discourse, especially around parenthood," the actress told Us Weekly this week.

"The twins made a comment two weeks ago like, “Boys are stronger than girls,” because they’re in that stage of comparisons. And you have to take a moment and kind of put together an answer that they will understand," she continued.

She wants her boys to be a "blank slate", rather than being influenced by gender stereotypes before choosing their own identities.


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Her aim is, "To not bring all this charge that you have as an adult and as a woman into their lives." She opened up last June about allowing her sons to pick their own method of doing things, with Zoe leading by example with her partner.

"We have a very gender-neutral environment where my husband participates in a lot of tasks that were normally given to women and vice versa," she previously told Us Weekly. "I get to do a lot of male things, which is, I don’t know, put the TV together, fix things that break," she said.

"We’re sort of a very gender-fluid household. I think it’s important to raise boys in that environment, and girls as well," the 40-year-old mused.


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Zoe has often done things in an unconventional way, shunning 'tradition', such as her husband Marco taking her surname when they wed in 2013.

Saying he liked the name, Zoe recently added:

"He wanted to really represent being a part of my family and represent my father’s legacy. He respected the fact that he didn’t want me to have to give up my name just because that’s the norm."


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Saldana was interviewed by People in 2018 and touched upon the idea of gender and parenting;

“When you look at parenting, the whole thing about matriarchy and patriarchy, and Daddy’s little girl and Mama’s boys ― my husband and I find that completely ludicrous and absolutely unhealthy for the upbringing of a child."

“You’re giving them a very distorted and limited view on what a female role is supposed to be in a family and what a male role is supposed to be."

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is known for having a wicked sense of humour, but now he's saying that the younger generation need to adapt to his style.

The 46-year-old former wrestler, told the Daily Star that he's all for supporting free choice and expression, but the youth are basically finding reasons to be offended nowadays.

Bear with us, polarising comments incoming;

"I don’t have to agree with what somebody thinks, who they vote for, what they voted for, what they think, but I will back their right to say or believe it. That’s democracy."


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“So many good people fought for freedom and equality – but this generation are looking for a reason to be offended," he added.

The interview recalls recent instances of 'PC culture' such as calls for the gingerbread man to be gender neutral, Baby It's Cold Outside getting banned and for the expletive f*ggot to be removed from Fairytale of New York.

Needless to say, a lot of people predictably were offended at his remarks, which tar a whole generation with the same brush.

The American actor, who is starring in the upcoming Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (HOW many of these movies need to be made, like please end them) added that the world has "progressed over the last 30 or 40 years."

He then did a turnaround by saying; "but, “generation snowflake or whatever you want to call them are actually putting us backwards.” Ouch.

*Tries desperately not to be offended and fails.*

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The Church of Sweden has made headlines in recent days following an announcement that they intend to employ gender-neutral terms when referring to God.

In an effort to stay in keeping with an increasingly inclusive society, the Church will forego the traditional male pronoun over the course of the next six months.

Lena Sjostrand, the chaplain of Lund Cathedral, elaborated on the progressive move, while Antje Jackelen, the Lutheran Archbishop of Uppsala, explained that the church has always considered God to have both male and female attributes.

Speaking to PBS News Hour, Lena said: "We have consciousness about gender questions, which is stronger in our time than it has been before."

"Of course, this has had an impact on theology and on church life and pastoral reflection," she added.

According to The Independent, the expression “In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” will be replaced by “In God the Trinity’s name."

The move has generated criticism from some corners of society, and it has been established that priests will not be forced to change language in church, but have been encouraged to do so.


After becoming a mum for the first time in December 2016, Paloma Faith has revealed that she is raising her child to be gender neutral.

The singer welcomed her first baby with French boyfriend, Leyman Lahcine, late last year – and while the pair announced their new arrival via Instagram, they have never revealed the child's name nor their gender.


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Speaking at the Q Awards in London, the former judge of The Voice, explained why she chose not to reveal that information, while also admitting that she would love to have more kids in the future.

“I’m loving being a mum,” she said

“I want two or three kids in all and they’ll be gender neutral.”

She went on to say how she would never dress her children in stereotypical “boy/girl”colours such as pink and blue,” and instead insisted she just wanted then “to be who they want to be.”

The singer has often showed her support for gay rights and the feminist movement, and marched on International Women’s Day in London in 2015 to demand equality.

Her fourth album The Architect is out next month.

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In what is thought to be the first case in the world, a baby has been born as gender neutral in Canada.

The baby, Searyl Atli Doty, has been issued a health card with the letter 'U' in the gender box for 'unknown'.

This comes as Searyl's parents fight to allow their child to pick its own gender identity in years to come.

The baby's parents are going to court after the Vital Statistics Agency of British Columbia refused to issue a birth certificate for the child.

“We’re not actually asking to have anyone’s ID changed against their will. We’re just asking to change the structure of how identification, particularly the birth certificate, starts out,” Searyl's parent Kori said.

Kori said that the family's goal is for the child to discover its own identity, and even when people ask if the child is a boy or girl, Kori has a swift retort.

“Often I’ll just say I don’t know yet, or I’m not rushing to apply those types of labels on this kid. Right now they’re just a baby.”

The parents explained that it was a massive turning point when Searyl's health card came in the post, marked with 'U'.

“For us, it’s a huge step forward,” they said.

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Since 2005, designer brand ASHISH has been a London Fashion Week favourite, breaking barriers with aptly-timed slogans and brash, stand-out collections.

And now, the brand is breaking barriers once again by teaming up with River Island Design Forum for a gender-neutral clothing line.


The 15-piece collection is sure to be a sell out as it includes playful over-sized jumpers, embroidered pyjamas, and sequin dresses.

The creative director and founder of ASHISH, Ashish Gupta, said that he wanted the collection to be "something lazy and a bit dreamy," which we're all for.

With slogans such as 'sick of all this chic' and 'doom and gloom', ASHISH is staying close to its roots for the high street shop's first ever gender-neutral line.


Ashish coined the collection as "something relaxed enough to slouch around the house in, yet stylish enough to be taken out."

The collection will debut at London Fashion Week in September, with the garments being available to buy online straight after.

Prices will start at €40 and go up to €240.


MTV’s annual Movie and TV Awards are undergoing a major revamp.

The ceremony will debut its new format on May 7, with a host of new categories and rule changes.

One of the biggest changes sees the introduction of ‘non-gendered’ awards.

This year, the traditional separation of the male and female categories has been dropped by the network and Hollywood's leading lads and lassies will instead compete in the same category, regardless of gender.

So, for the first time ever, Emma Watson will take on Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy in Best Actor in a movie while The Walking Dead’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan will go head to head with Millie Bobby Brown and Emilia Clarke for best actor in a series.

The move is a huge step forward for gender equality in the industry, and many are hoping other award ceremonies will follow suit.

This year also marks the first time in the ceremony’s history that series on streaming services and television networks can receive nominations.

Leading the nominations is Get Out, directed by Jordan Peele. The horror will compete in for the top prize of Movie of the Year and the film's leading man, Daniel Kaluuya, also received a nod for Best Actor in a movie.

Disney’s Beauty and The Beast and Netflix’s Stranger Things also earned four nominations each.

You can catch the full list this year's nominees here.  




A Donegal teenager has won the covetable Foróige Young Entrepreneur of the Year award, and for a very unique business endeavour.

The teen has set up a completely gender neutral clothing line in Ireland.

Sixteen-year-old Katie McGloin started the business six months ago, called KT Clothing.

The entrepreneur believes that gender-neutral clothes were not the same as unisex clothing, and set out to create a truly non-gendered line.

Katie came up with the concept when she realised that there were very few clothing options for people who don't want to dress particularly feminine or particularly masculine. 

"There is no set gender for any of our items and they can be worn in a number of different styles depending on the individual," reads the brand manifesto.

The range, which features positive messages on the clothing such as "I am myself," and "stand out," is available online.

KT Clothing joins the gender neutral clothing market in Ireland with very little competition.

Previously established brands include Sugs and Snails, which specialises in creating non-gendered tights for children and adults. 

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NUI Galway will be one of the first Irish universities to install gender neutral bathrooms on its campus.

The new facilities will be rolled out in the next academic year, and it will cover all of the bathrooms in the main buildings on campus.

The NUI student union said: "Gender neutral bathrooms create private, individual spaces that are open to all people. Traditional female/male sex-segregated bathrooms are not accessible spaces that everyone can use and feel comfortable in.

"NUI Galway Students' Union advocates for the rights of the diverse population of 17,500 students attending the University," the statement adds.

The college's student president said of the decision: "This is a big step on the road to a more inclusive and equal campus for all."

The University of Limerick and University College Cork are also working towards introducing gender neutral facilities.