Musical artist and dancer Ne-Yo recently questioned the practice of allowing children to decide what sex they identify as.
During an interview, Ne-Yo asked when it became "a good idea" to allow a child "make a life-changing decision."
"He can't drive a car yet but he can decide his sex?" he said.
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In response to an Instagram post indicating that Ne-Yo had condemned parents for letting children transition genders, Ne-Yo fired back in the comments section.
"1st and foremost, I CONDEMN NO ONE. Who am I to condemn anybody? Your life, your kids, your choice," Ne-Yo wrote in part of the comment. "Agreeing to disagree is not a declaration of war. Y’all do whatever the hell y'all want to. But my feelings on the matter are mine. Same way yours are yours. Meanwhile, I love everybody. Don't agree with some of y’all’s ideals….but love you no less."
But he later issued a statement in which he apologized to anybody he hurt and also pledged to "better educate" himself on the issue.
"After much reflection, I'd like to express my deepest apologies to anyone that I may have hurt with my comments on parenting and gender identity," he said in the statement. "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. At the end of the day, I lead with love and support everyone's freedom of expression and pursuit of happiness."
Then on Monday Ne-Yo shared a video in which he he declared that he "will never be OK with" letting a kid make a choice so "detrimental" to their own life. While he said that he plans to educate himself more on the issue, he noted that he doubts there is any book or opinion that will make him "OK" allowing a child to make such a decision.
"I WILL NOT BE BULLIED INTO APOLOGIZING FOR HAVING AN OPINION. AGREEING TO DISAGREE IS NOT A DECLARATION OF WAR," he wrote in part of the post when sharing the video. "If one of my 7 kids were to decide that he or she wanted to be something other than what they were born as, once they’re old enough and mature enough to make that decision…so be it. Not gonna love em’ any less. Daddy is still Daddy and he loves you regardless. But this isn’t even a discussion until they are MENTALLY MATURE ENOUGH to have such a discussion. Period. Point blank."
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