On Sunday (July 17), fans noticed Lil Uzi Vert posted an update to his 16.1 million Instagram followers: they now prefer to be addressed by the gender pronouns they/them.

Gender pronouns are the words that people use to express their gender identity.

In May 2021, Instagram began adding optional pronoun labels so users could gender identify themselves in their profiles.

In their bios, people can include up to four gender identities, such as he/him, she/her, or gender-neutral pronouns like they/them.

Lil Uzi Vert did not explain why they changed their pronouns from he/him to they/them, but some fans believe it is simply to show support for the trans community.

The timing is interesting because Dave Chappelle is currently under fire from the trans community after his Netflix special Closer was nominated for an Emmy.

In the special, he stated, "Gender is a fact." "Every human in this room, every human on Earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman in order to exist." That is a proven fact."

He then made explicit jokes about trans women's bodies, which enraged the trans community.

Weeks after the backlash, which included a Netflix walkout, Chappelle posted an Instagram video in which he agreed to meet with members of "the transgender community," but vowed not to "bend to anybody's demands."

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