While the inclusion of different gender identities and their adjacent pronouns have started trickling into our vernacular, there’s still a long and bumpy road ahead for anyone who does not identify with the binary gender identities.
This is why Jennifer Lopez introducing her child Emme Maribel Muñiz with They/Them pronouns makes for a piece of very special and positive news, especially since we’re well into Pride Month.
The singer invited them to perform with her onstage at the LA Blue Diamond Gala recently and said, “The last time we performed together was in a big stadium like this. I ask them to sing with me all the time and they won’t. So this is a very special occasion. They are very, very busy. Booked. And pricey. They cost me when they come out. But they’re worth every single penny because they’re my favorite duet partner of all time.”
The duo went on to perform a cover of Christina Perri’s ‘A Thousand Years’. The last time they performed together was at the 2020 Super Bowl where Lopez co-headlined the iconic Halftime Show.
Experts agree that respecting your children’s pronouns, or even addressing them with gender-neutral terms, goes a long way in developing compassion and a healthier understanding of gender diversity in the world.
Here’s hoping more people take cues from parents like Lopez and raise better allies for the future.
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