Mayor of Darlington’s teddy bear sparks gender row after stuffed toy says he’s non-binary

If you head down to the woods today, you’re sure to be in for a big surprise! Mayor of Darlington’s teddy bear sparks gender row after cuddly toy announces he’s non-binary and ‘neither a boy nor a girl’

  • Teddy bear sparked gender row after cuddly toy came out as non-binary
  • Mayor-Bear remained in office following the departure of former Darlington Mayor Cyndi Hughes
  • The stuffed animal that said it was ‘neither a boy bear nor a girl bear’ was called ‘scary’

A teddy bear sparked a row between the sexes after the cuddly toy came out as non-binary.

The plush known as Mayor-Bear remained in office after former Darlington Mayor Cyndi Hughes left earlier this month.

The teddy had a note attached explaining how he is non-binary and looks forward to hosting the kids and attending the teddy bear picnics.

But after an image was shared on social media, some criticized the bear, describing it as “scary”.

It was the teddy bear that sparked controversy after it was released as non-binary, creating an online gender line

Mayor-Bear's message read: 'Hi, my name is Mayor-Bear.  I am a non-binary bear.  Do you know what non-binary means?  Some bears are boys and some bears are girls.  I'm non-binary, which means I'm neither a bear boy nor a bear girl.  I'm just a bear

Mayor-Bear’s message read: ‘Hi, my name is Mayor-Bear. I am a non-binary bear. Do you know what non-binary means? Some bears are boys and some bears are girls. I’m non-binary, which means I’m neither a bear boy nor a bear girl. I’m just a bear

Actor and political activist Laurence Fox said: ‘This has to stop. We should protect and guide our children, not confuse and groom them.

“There are two genders. Male and female. Don’t let your kids go on a picnic with this scary mayor bear.

Twitter user Marianne said he was “sick” while fellow social media user Jebb added: “Do toddlers have to deal with such oddities?”

Mayor-Bear’s message read: ‘Hi, my name is Mayor-Bear. I am a non-binary bear. Do you know what non-binary means?

Actor and political activist Laurence Fox said: 'This has to stop.  We should protect and guide our children, not confuse and groom them.  “There are two genders.  Male and female.  Don't let your kids go on a picnic with this scary mayor bear'

Actor and political activist Laurence Fox said: ‘This has to stop. We should protect and guide our children, not confuse and groom them. “There are two genders. Male and female. Don’t let your kids go on a picnic with this scary mayor bear’

“Some bears are boys and some are girls. I’m non-binary, that means I’m neither a bear boy nor a bear girl. I’m just a bear.

“I love my new home in the Mayor’s Parlor. I look forward to hosting the kids and attending teddy bear picnics for years to come. With love, Mayor-Bear xx.”

However, other Twitter users didn’t find the post as controversial as Laurence.

TravelingMags said: “Do you realize this is a teddy bear?” Or do you want teddy bears to have genitals?

The controversial cuddly toy remained in office after former Darlington Mayor Cyndi Hughes left earlier this month

The controversial cuddly toy remained in office after former Darlington Mayor Cyndi Hughes left earlier this month

Twitter user Russell said: “If a bear is given to a child, its gender is fluid up to the point where the child names it. He then becomes a male bear or a female bear. The child decides.

Meanwhile, another non-binary bear supporter said: “I’ve spent a lot of time with kids and young people and teddy bear picnics and thought that would be a good thing. for every mayor to have.”

“Mayor-Bear is made from 100% recycled materials and it heralds the Platinum Jubilee, so I thought it would be a reminder of my year.

“I want Mayor-Bear to be able to get out and enjoy the community, like I did.”

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