Charlize Theron Said Gender-Neutral Awards Categories Should Be Introduced | 22 Words

Today in 2019, the LGBTQ+ community is bigger than ever and it is becoming more and more accepted to embrace a person's true self.

Being gender-neutral is more popular than ever, with hundreds of thousands of people worldwide identifying as gender-neutral.

But many have begun to argue that being gender-neutral isn't accepted enough and that it should be encouraged in all aspects of life, such as in Hollywood award ceremonies.

Charlize Theron has recently spoken out about how gender-neutral categories in award categories should be introduced. Keep scrolling to learn more...

What does it mean to be gender-neutral?

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To be gender-neutral basically means a person chooses not to identify to a specific gender identity.

It's not just about gender...

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Gender neutrality is the idea that policies, language, and other social institutions (social structures, gender roles, or gender identity) should avoid distinguishing roles according to people's sex or gender, in order to avoid discrimination arising from the impression that there are social roles for which one gender is more suited than another.

More and more people are now identifying as gender-neutral...

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Meaning the use of gender-specific pronouns such as "he" or "she" are no longer considered acceptable for many.

The "they/them" pronouns are now a suitable replacement.

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British singer Sam Smith recently revealed that they identify as neither male nor female, and wishes to be referred to using the "they/them" pronouns.

The singer has always been open about their sexuality...

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Smith has previously written a lot of their music about past relationships with other men.

Smith announced this change via social media.

The star said on Instagram in September: "I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM." "After a lifetime of being at war with my gender, I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out."

Being their true self...

Smith went on to reveal that they do not identify as either male or female, and in an interview, they opened up further about being non-binary.

Somewhere in between...

"You are just you. You are a mixture of all different things. You are your own special creation. That's how I take it," they said. "I'm not male or female. I think I float somewhere in between."

Smith received floods of support...

British actress Jameela Jamil openly praised the singer on their announcement of being gender-neutral, and she posed the question as to why award ceremonies don't include a third gender category along with male and female.

Some award ceremonies already hold the gender-neutral category.

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2 years ago, the MTV Movie & TV Awards became the first major ceremony to adopt the gender-neutral front, with Emma Watson winning the overall Best Actor Award for her portrayal as Belle in Beauty and the Beast.

Acting isn't gender-specific.

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At the time, Watson said about winning the Best Actor Award: "The award indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes. And that doesn't need to be separated into 2 different categories."

MTV wasn't the only one reviewing their categories...

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It was reported in September following Sam Smith's announcement that the Brit Awards were reviewing their award categories to accommodate to gender-neutral contestants, whilst the Grammy awards have been gender-neutral since 2012.

Some award ceremonies feel it is appropriate to stick to the male and female categories.

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But a spokesperson for the Brit Award said in a statement: "We can 100% confirm that there will be male and female awards in the UK and international categories in February 2020," meaning the gender-neutral category is off the cards.

Many support the choice to include gender-neutral categories...

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Including actress Charlize Theron.

She fully supports embracing the gender-neutral community...

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The Oscar-winning actress was speaking ahead of Sunday's Hollywood Film Awards and said, "let's hope soon," when asked about when such awards should be introduced.

The actress is a winner herself...

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Theron was being honored at the Hollywood Film Awards with the Career Achievement Award when she was asked about the subject.

Theron's comment came after she recently spoke of raising her eldest child, Jackson, as a girl.

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Jackson, who is 7-years-old, was born as a boy but the actress has openly spoken about raising him as a girl to respect his personal wishes.

Photos emerged of Jackson wearing dresses, so Theron decided to address the subject.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail, the mom of 2 said: "Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: "I am not a boy!" So there you go! I have 2 beautiful daughters who, just like any parent, I want to protect and I want to see thrive."

They were born this way...

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"They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide," Theron said of her children.

She acknowledged that it is "her job as a parent" to support her children.

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"My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need to be what they want to be, and I will do everything in my power for my kids to have that right and to be protected within that."

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