Demi Lovato has branded gender reveals ‘transphobic’ in a lengthy Instagram post.
The singer-songwriter said she believes that celebrating whether a baby is going to be a ‘girl’ or a ‘boy’ suggests that if you identify as ‘other,’ it’s not ‘natural [or] organic’.
Her post reads: “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.
“Gender reveals are based on the illusion that genitals = gender and that there are only two options ‘boy or girl’.
“This definition erases the fact that there are boys with vaginas and girls with penises and that there are people who are neither boys nor girls. The idea that sex is based on genitalia is inconsistent with science.”
She continued: “Gender reveals require not just the invalidation of transness, but the impossibility of transness. The assumption is that the baby is cis. Cisness is positioned as the default and everyone else is understood as derivative of it.
“People are taught to experience themselves and one another as ideas of how they should be, not the reality of what they are and what is… the irony is that trans and gender non-conforming people are accused of advancing a gender ideology when in fact we are trying to escape it.”
Recently, gender reveals events have been making headlines as parents are choosing to announce their child’s sex by organising potentially dangerous displays.
Some of these elaborate stunts have resulted in forest fires, deadly explosions and even a plane crash.