Demi Lovato Calls Out Gender Reveal Parties For Being Transphobic

Posted by Mahnoor Nadir in Entertainment On 9th March 2021
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Demi shared a nine-page post by a person claiming that gender reveal parties were trans-exclusionary by using pink or blue to reveal the child's gender. She claims that these celebrations only favour cis identities and assume gender at birth.

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Gender reveal parties have become a controversial trend in the past few years with parents to be thinking of more dramatic ways to announce the gender of their babies before they’re born.

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Demi Lovato recently called these parties out for excluding trans persons. She says that for those trying to be inclusive, the act of ignoring this tradition is ‘insincere’.

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She reposted a nine-page post by Alok V. Menon where he shared the same perspective. 

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The post said, ‘It’s both insincere and incorrect to pretend that gender reveal parties are not transphobic."

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"You can’t have your proverbial pink-blue binary cake and eat it too.”

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“This is not about political correctness, it’s just… correct. We condemn gender reveals not because of our identity, but because of reality.’

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The post continues, ‘Transphobia is not just about prejudice against individual trans people, it’s also a way of thinking that understands non-trans people as more natural/organic and erases everyone else. These ideas, like the gender binary, fuel mistreatment of all people, but especially trans and gender non-conforming people.’

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Her post now has a quarter million likes with commentors split in the middle regarding their opinions.

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Alok’s post also claimed that ‘Gender reveals require not just the invalidation of transness, but the impossibility of transness.'

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'The assumption is that the baby is cis. Cisness is positioned as the default and everyone else is understood as derivative of it.’

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Demi herself commented, “@alokvmenon with the real (prayer and heart emojis) Thank you for sharing your knowledge and educating us always.”

Fan comments ranged from supportive to critical with some saying, "This is ridiculous. If it's not your child you don't have a say." and, "Imagine not being able to celebrate your own child having a gender."

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