Demi Lovato shares post calling out ‘transphobic’ gender reveal parties

The star reposted the series of nine posts to her Instagram feed earlier this week

Recording artist Demi Lovato attends the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada
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Demi Lovato has shared a post calling out the current trend for gender reveal parties, describing them as transphobic.

The star reposted the nine slides, originally shared by writer Alok Vaid-Menon, on Instagram. The slides call out the parties whereby parents ‘announce’ the gender of their unborn child.

Tagging Vaid-Menon, who created the original post, Lovato wrote, “Thank you for sharing your knowledge and educating us always.”

She also quoted the original caption, which reads, “This is not about being politically correct, it’s about being correct. The refusal to acknowledge this stems from a misunderstanding of what transphobia is.”

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The caption continues, “Transphobia is not just prejudice or violence against an individual trans person, it is a belief system that presumes non-trans people to be more ‘natural’ than trans people. Only individual people can self determine their gender.”

The nine-slide post, below, explains that gender reveal parties reinforce the idea that trans people are the “other” or not natural, by positioning cisgender people as the norm.

Lovato has recently opened up about her 2018 overdose and subsequent hospitalization for a documentary, Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil.

“I was left with brain damage, and I still deal with the effects of that today,” she says in the trailer. “I don't drive a car, because I have blind spots on my vision.

“I also for a long time had a really hard time reading. It was a big deal when I was able to read out of a book, which was like two months later because my vision was so blurry.”

We applaud her for her honesty!

Lucy Abbersteen

Lucy is a UK-based beauty journalist who has written for titles including Marie Claire, Glamour and OK!, as well as contributing to woman&home. Her work covers everything from expert skin and haircare advice to beauty trends and reviews of the latest products. During her career she regularly speaks to the industry's leading hairdressers, dermatologists and make-up artists, has covered backstage at London Fashion Week and interviewed many a celeb about their beauty routine.