In a nine-page Instagram post, singer and songwriter Demi Lovato called gender reveal parties “transphobic” and claimed that “there are boys with vaginas and girls with penises.”
Lovato claimed throughout the lengthy post that transgender activists dislike gender reveal parties because they divert from “reality.” To Lovato and other activists, reality is the concept that humans are born without any concept of gender. Lovato also claimed that basing sex off of genitalia is “inconsistent with science.”
“It’s both insincere and incorrect to pretend that gender reveal parties are not transphobic. You can’t have your proverbial pink-blue binary cake and eat it too. This is not about political correctness, it’s just…correct,” the post reads. “We condemn gender reveals not because of our identity, but because of reality.”
Lovato continued by claiming that “the gender binary,” which claims there are biological girls and boys, fuels transphobia in American life. The post claims that transphobes view “non-trans people” as more “natural” and “organic.”
“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,” the post reads. “These ideas, like the gender binary, fuel mistreatment of all people, but especially trans and gender non-conforming people.”
The post claims that gender reveals are based on “the illusion that genitals [equal] gender and that there are only two options ‘boy or girl.’” The gender binary omits the so-called “fact” that “there are boys with vaginas and girls with penises and that there are people who are neither boys nor girls.”
In one particularly long slide, Lovato details how society defines “cisness” as the default position, when in her mind, “everyone is just born.”
“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,” the post reads. “The idea goes: while we might ‘identify’ as trans now, we were ‘originally’ ‘born’ cis and we later ‘became’ trans. When in truth, everyone is just born. And we all become after the fact.”
The singer continues to decry the custom of “gendering” people and calls for individuals to determine their gender, not society or biology. She also calls “biological facts” a “cultural myth.”
“The gender binary requires that we adopt prescriptive ideas of gender (what men and women should be) as descriptive ideas of gender (what men and women fundamentally are). In this way, it naturalizes cultural myths as ‘biological facts.’”
The post was a copy and paste from Alok Vaid-Menon, an LGBTQ activist.
Over the last year, Lovato has become increasingly more open about her far-left political leanings. In October, she released a song called “Commander in Chief” roasting former President Donald Trump. The cover art for the song features Lovato wearing a mask that reads “vote” across her mouth, The Daily Wire reported. She later virtually performed at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
In an interview with Vogue, Lovato also said that she was ashamed to be white. “I hated that I shared the same skin color” as those who killed black people, Lovato said.