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 award ceremonies and even in clothing labels.
One mom from New Zealand has called on stores to make all clothing labels non-gendered after shopping for her children.
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What does it mean to be gender-neutral?To be gender-neutral basically means a person chooses not to identify to a specific gender identity.
It's not just about gender...Gender neutrality is the idea that policies, language, and other social institutions should avoid distinguishing roles according to people's sex or gender. This is to avoid discrimination arising from the impression that there are social roles for one gender that is more suited than another.
More and more people are now identifying as gender-neutral...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.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...Smith has previously written a lot of their music about past relationships with other men.
Smith announced this change via social media.
Being their true self...interview, they opened up further about being non-binary.
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.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.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."
However, some award ceremonies feel it is appropriate to stick to the male and female categories.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...Including actress Charlize Theron.
She fully supports embracing the gender-neutral community...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.
She has also spoken out about raising her eldest child, Jackson, as a girl.Her 7-year-old was born as a boy, but Charlize respected his wishes when he spoke about wanting to be a girl.
Photos emerged of Jackson wearing dresses, so she decided to address the subject.Speaking to the Daily Mail, the mom of 2 said, “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."
Charlize isn't the only mom who is fully on board with gender neutrality...India Springle, who is from New Zealand, has publically called out her local Kmart about using gendered labels in the kids clothing section.
India is the mom to 2-year-old Lola...She recently took a trip to their local Kmart to pick up some clothes for Lola, when her excited daughter picked out her very own t-shirt.
The t-shirt has 3 dinosaurs printed on it...And it has to be said, Lola looks fantastic and very happy to be wearing it!
But the t-shirt in question was "for boys."India was puzzled as to why it was specifically for boys when her daughter took such a liking to it.
India took to Facebook to demand genders be removed from kids' clothing...
"Hey, Kmart... Get with the program already would you?! Even my nearly 3-year-old thinks your gender labels are bull," she wrote.
"Why the hell are all the cool T-shirts labeled 'boys' - what makes this T-shirt a boy's T-shirt anyway?"