Charlize Theron Calls on Hollywood to Introduce 'Gender-Neutral' Awards
Liberal actress wants 'male' and 'female' categories scrapped to support 'non-binary'
Liberal actress Charlize Theron is calling on Hollywood to drop the traditional "male" and "female" categories for awards, instead opting for a "gender-neutral" system to support "non-binary" and transgender people.
The Oscar-winning star was speaking ahead of the Hollywood Film Awards in Beverly Hills on Sunday.
Theron was asked when entertainment awards should drop "offensive" gender-specific categories, to which she said: "Let's hope soon."
The MTV Movie & TV Awards has already made the shift into gender-neutral categories and scrapped Best Male and Female categories for a Best Actor prize in 2017, while the Grammy Awards went gender-neutral in 2012.
Theron's comments come after she announced in April that she is raising her 7-year-old adopted son Jackson as "a girl."
Rumors have swirled for years that Charlize has been raising the boy she adopted as a baby as a girl.
When asked why she is dressing a boy in female outfits, Theron said, "Yes, I thought she was a boy, too."
"Until she looked at me when she was three years old and said: 'I am not a boy!'
"They were born who they are and exactly where in the world both of them get to find themselves as they grow up, and who they want to be, is not for me to decide.
"My job as a parent is to celebrate them and to love them and to make sure that they have everything they need in order to be what they want to be."
She laughs: "You can blame my mom for the fact I don't know any better!
"You know, I grew up in a country where people lived with half-truths and lies and whispers and nobody said anything outright, and I was raised very specifically not to be like that.
"I was taught by my mom that you have to speak up; you have to be able to know that, when this life is over, you'll have lived the truth you're comfortable with, and that nothing negative can come from that."
Following British singer Sam Smith coming out as "non-binary," there have been calls for awards shows to scrap male and female categories, according to the Daily Mail.
The BRIT Awards was reported to be considering abolishing gender categories as part of their wish to accommodate non-binary artists.
However, a spokesperson for the awards show told the BBC that the show would remain the same for next year's ceremony.
"We can 100% confirm that there will be male and female awards in the UK and international categories in February 2020," they said.
According to Wikipedia, non-binary - or "genderqueer" - is a spectrum of gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine—identities that are outside the "traditional" gender binary of male and female.
Non-binary or "gender-fluid" people believe they can "identify" as any gender they choose, or no gender at all, despite their biological sex.