Jennifer Lopez has sold more than 80 million records worldwide and won over 133 entertainment awards, but she’s getting the most props of her career for using a gender-neutral pronoun. Huh??
The mainstream media almost broke the Internet gushing over Lopez’s use of the pronoun “they” to describe her nibling, which is the gender-neutral term for niece or nephew.
Jennifer proudly shared an Instagram photo of Brendan, the child of her older sister Leslie Ann Lopez.
“This is Brendan, my sister Leslie’s second child!!” Lopez wrote. “They were the one person selected to represent their school at #GlobalYoungLeadersConference in Washington DC!!! And I couldn’t be more proud!!!”
This is Brendan my sister Leslie’s second child!! They were the one person selected to represent their school at #globalyoungleadersconference in Washington DC!!! And I couldn’t be more proud!!! Brendan is strong and smart and loving and a obviously a leader!! Titi Jenn loves you!! #superproudauntie #familia❤
It’s heartwarming to see an entertainment superstar take such pride in her nephew or niece’s academic achievements. But some fans, especially members of the LGBTQ community, were particularly happy that JLo used a non-binary, gender-neutral term to describe Brendan.
“This means the world to me,” one fan wrote on Instagram “Thank you for shining your light on Brendan and sharing their accomplishments and beauty with the world!”
Transgender and “non-binary activist” Jacob Tobia also heaped praise on Lopez.
“JLo using gender-neutral pronouns for her nibling (the gender neutral term for niece/nephew!) is so groundbreaking,” Tobia told NBC News. “Especially because of how naturally and effortlessly she did it. The only thing cuter than JLo being a proud auntie is JLo being a proud trans-affirming auntie!”
Fellow non-binary activist Jeffrey Marsh agreed. “What I loved about Jennifer’s post is how ordinary it was,” Marsh said. “It’s a post from a proud aunt about how amazing the kid is. Imagine being lucky enough to have such a famous and talented aunt, and then imagine being treated with respect like it’s not a big thing.”
If all this sounds confusing to you, you’re not the only one. While it’s fantastic to embrace freedom of expression and gender equality, the debate about gender has gotten so murky lately because the geniuses at Facebook and other institutions decided there are now 58 different gender options.
Back in the day, there just two genders: Male and female. But if you say that in today’s radical-left, politically-correct environment, you’re labelled a bigot or sexist.
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