A new Apple series is spotlighting the experiences of gender-fluid young people — which, in fact, is all of them.
Becoming You, an Olivia Colman-narrated docuseries out Friday on Apple TV+, follows 100 children internationally to show the spectrum of experiences that occur within a human’s first five years.
Through the eyes of Kiran, who is seen going through a “princess phase” in the exclusive clip below, the viewer learns that “like all children his age, Kiran doesn’t think of himself as having a fixed gender,” Colman stated.
“In his mind, he can switch between being a boy or a girl,” Colman added. “For parents, this might seem puzzling as their baby’s sex is usually the first thing they want to know.”
In the clip, Kiran, based in New York City, happily strolls through the city in his princess costume alongside his supportive parents. They are discussing, funnily enough, the gender of the Statue of Liberty. His story is one of dozens in Becoming You, which travels the world to show the commonalities among young humans as well as the unique cultures that shape them.
Hamo Forsyth, an executive producer of Becoming You, told The Advocate that he hopes Kiran’s story helps expand audience members’ views on kids and gender.
“We hope the viewers take away an understanding that although young children talk about gender, their sense of it is much more fluid than ours,” Forsyth said. “So much so that kids of 3 [and] 4 can imagine they are genuinely going from one gender to the other as they change clothes during dressing-up games, for example. It isn’t really until they go to school at 5 that they start to think of gender as something more permanent.
“As a general rule, when they go to school, boys start to group with boys and girls with girls and the divide starts to really show. Before that, they are far more likely to intermingle and engage in each other’s games.”
Watch the clip of Kiran’s story from Becoming You below.