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    Ne-Yo’s Harmful Comments: Impact on Trans & Nonbinary Youth

    Ne-Yo expressed regret and apologized for a string of offensive remarks targeting the transgender community. The R&B singer, known for his hits like ‘So Sick‘ and ‘Miss Independent‘, made the comments during an interview, sparking widespread criticism. In his apology, Ne-Yo acknowledged the harmful impact of his words and committed to educating himself on transgender issues. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of respecting and supporting the rights of all individuals, regardless of their gender identity.
    Closeup of Ne-Yo in his signature fedora
    Recently, Ne-Yo appeared on an interview on Vlad TV where he expressed his belief in traditional gender roles, stating, ‘I just personally come from an era where a man was a man and a woman was a woman. There were two distinct genders, and that’s just how I rocked.’ Ne-Yo‘s statement sparked a debate on gender identity and expression in today’s society.
    Closeup of Ne-Yo on the red carpet
    You could identify as a goldfish if you feel like, I don’t care. That ain’t my business,” he continued. “It becomes my business when you try to make me play the game with you. I’m not finna call you a goldfish. But if you wanna be a goldfish, you go be a goldfish. We live in a weird time, man.
    Closeup of Ne-Yo smiling and holding up the peace sign
    Further mocking ‘trigger warnings’ and saying that ‘comedians can’t tell jokes no more,’ he continued, ‘I feel like parents have almost forgotten what the role of a parent is. If your little boy comes to you and says, ‘Daddy, I want to be a girl,’ you just let him rock with that?’
    Closeup of Ne-Yo onstage
    If you let this 5-year-old boy decide to eat candy all day, he’s going to do that. When did it become a good idea to let a 5-year-old, let a 6-year-old, let a 12-year-old make a life-changing decision for themselves?
    Closeup of Ne-Yo
    I don’t know if this is true, but I heard a rumor that they either passed or are trying to pass a law in LA that states if your child comes to you and asks to do some of these things [drugs, surgery] and you say no, they could take your kid from you,” he further said, claiming it makes “no sense.”
    Closeup of Ne-Yo
    It’s likely that Ne-Yo is referring to misinformation surrounding AB 957, a bill which passed the California Assembly earlier this year. However, what he’s saying is not accurate. The bill essentially proposes that child custody and visitation cases should ‘include a parent’s affirmation of the child’s gender identity or gender expression as part of the health, safety, and welfare of the child.’ If passed, it will be just one part of the plethora of information used when making a decision about parental custody.
    Moreover, despite Ne-Yo‘s comments, research has already proven that gender-affirming care greatly improves the mental health and overall well-being of gender diverse, transgender, and nonbinary children and adolescents. Even though said care is supported by every major medical association, representing over 1.3 million US doctors, some people are still trying to legislate gender-affirming care out of existence.
    A trans flag waving in the air
    Moreover, research shows that young trans people with supportive families demonstrate a significant decrease in suicidal thoughts and attempts. However, it is concerning that only 27% of trans youth report having very supportive families.

    I’ve always been an advocate for love and inclusivity in the LGBTQI+ community, so I understand how my comments could’ve been interpreted as insensitive and offensive. Gender identity is nuanced, and I can honestly admit that I plan to better educate myself on the topic, so I can approach future conversations with more empathy, he added.
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