Lil Uzi Vert made a slight alteration to their Instagram biography during the weekend, modifying their pronouns to they/them.
The rapper has previously shown support to the queer community by wearing rainbow apparel and speaking about women’s clothing at their shows, so finding an identity under the LGBTQ+ umbrella may not have surprised everyone.
However, the alteration of the pronoun has elicited varied reactions, though not necessarily for the reasons one might anticipate.
It is important to note that not all individuals who use they/them pronouns necessarily identify as non-binary. Referring to them as “officially the best non-binary rapper of all time” even after gaining popularity and receiving support from fans, like Uzi, is truly remarkable.
The rapper’s recent charge of felony assault against their ex-girlfriend, Brittany Byrd, has garnered attention from others, while some have also highlighted the transphobic-sounding lyrics in their 2019 song “That’s a Rack” — “I was checkin’ my DMs, found out she was a man / I can’t DM, never, ever again.”.
Lil Uzi is not the sole hip-hop artist to openly discuss their LGBTQ+ identity in recent times.
He expressed, “I want to love everyone… I want to love everyone. It’s love… Whatever it is.” Cheese Say, the rapper who came out as bisexual earlier this year, spoke about his preferences for transgender women and feminine men.
“He clarified his point by saying that he didn’t like anything that was soft, sweet, or similar. However, he also made comments when he took a left turn.”
None of these things are mutually exclusive, of course. I am a very masculine king, but I don’t engage in any inappropriate or disrespectful behavior. I have already explained that I don’t participate in any vulgar activities.
Recently, Taylor Bennett, a bisexual individual, was chatting about his journey of self-discovery at Pride Youth NYC. It seems that he is further along in his journey, compared to five others who came out earlier.
He mentioned, “I was kept in the closet specifically for me, I am aware that many people outside of it have a lot of negative opinions.” “I also believe that there are many other individuals who would be happier with contentment, and I would have felt more supported if I had been able to support a child. I didn’t have the opportunity to experience having a child like this.”
Bennett also mentioned that the years following his public declaration of bisexuality “have been the most remarkable years of my life.”
He said, “It feels good to be on the team, you want to be on. Not just by other people, but by myself as well. I’ve never felt more represented. I’ve never felt like I could do more. I’ve never wanted to do more. I’ve never felt more confident in myself. I’ve never been happier than I am now.”