If you are a regular peruser of all things celebrity, you may have noticed an interesting happening recently. When the Brad Pitt-Angelina Jolie clan appeared at the recent showing of Jolie's film, 'Unbroken,' one of their kids looked noticeably different on the red carpet.
Yes, little Shiloh apparently self-identifies as male—and even prefers to go by the name John. And instead of trying to conceal the fact for one night, for the sake of the cameras, Shiloh's parents fully supported John's transformation.
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And so the 8 year-old braved the red carpet in a tuxedo, with a new, cropped haircut.
“She wants to be a boy..." said Angelina Jolie, without coming right out and saying her daughter is transgender. "So we had to cut her hair. She likes to wear boys’ everything. She thinks she’s one of the brothers.”
For a family relentlessly stuck under the glare of the spotlight, it must have been extra challenging to adapt to this change in full view of the public and paparazzi.
Even parents need good role models. Together with this Australian couple, the Hollywood royalty is paving the way for other parents who may be unsure how to handle gender identity transitions in their children. Not surprisingly, the Jolie-Pitts are doing so with ease and finesse.
And for that we applaud them.
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