Nonbinary activist says ‘there are as many genders as there are PEOPLE’

ABC gives platform to controversial nonbinary activist who says ‘there are as many genders as there are PEOPLE’ and that everybody can ‘determine’ what they are

A controversial nonbinary activist has claimed that the world will soon be rid of the gender binary and that every person will be able to choose their own gender.

Alok Vaid-Menon, who uses they/them pronouns, appeared on the ABC this week to push their views on gender ideology and to promote their current speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand.

When asked if they can see ‘a world without gender’, the 31-year-old said: ‘I see a world without the gender binary.’

Alok Vaid-Menon, who uses they/them pronouns, appeared on the ABC this week to discuss gender, where they claimed that the world will soon be rid of the gender binary. Pictured

Alok Vaid-Menon, who uses they/them pronouns, appeared on the ABC this week to discuss gender, where they claimed that the world will soon be rid of the gender binary. Pictured

Explaining their theory, they continued: ‘There’s as many genders as there are people.

‘A lot of people mistake what I’m trying to do as erasing their right to be a man or a woman, when in fact I’m championing for it,’ Alok continued.

‘What I’m championing for is that each person gets to determine their own gender.’

Alok has been on a publicity blitz across Australia in recent weeks, appearing on countless current affairs programs and in various publications.  

Alok has been appearing all over Australia in recent weeks. The star is pictured with nonbinary stylist Deni Todorovič

Alok has been appearing all over Australia in recent weeks. The star is pictured with nonbinary stylist Deni Todorovič

The queer transfeminine nonbinary activist and performer recently criticised male comics, claiming that many are ‘masquerading their misogyny as comedy’.  

Alok made the bold statement while promoting their own comedy tour on The Project earlier this week. 

‘I think it’s time we protect jokes from men in pants,’ they said.

‘I just started to watch some of this comedy stuff and it feels like they’re trying to masquerade their misogyny as comedy,’ Alok continued.

Alok (pictured) criticised male comics, claiming that many are 'masquerading their misogyny as comedy' during an appearance on The Project earlier this week

Alok (pictured) criticised male comics, claiming that many are ‘masquerading their misogyny as comedy’ during an appearance on The Project earlier this week

‘So I had to enter in the ring and show people that it’s not funny to make fun of trans people for existing.

‘What’s funny is how much time, energy and money you put into making up the gender binary.’

Alok also said that they want to show the world how funny transgender people really are.

‘I also feel like right now, people only define trans people as hypersensitive, like we can’t take the joke, like we’re just curmudgeonly social justice warriors,’ they explained. 

'I think it's time we protect jokes from men in pants,' the 31-year-old told The Project panellists

‘I think it’s time we protect jokes from men in pants,’ the 31-year-old told The Project panellists

‘When in my experience, when you spend your entire life being the butt of the joke, you learn how to tell a good joke.

‘I wanted to show people that we are capable of joy, that actually amidst all the discrimination and violence, there’s also so much fun to be had.’

Mx. Vaid-Menon said that their diverse comedy show will feature a harrowing story about how they were the victim of an anti-gay hate crime in Melbourne six years ago.

Alok boasts over a million followers on social media and has been touring the word doing comedy, poetry, and speaking engagements

Alok boasts over a million followers on social media and has been touring the word doing comedy, poetry, and speaking engagements 

The star plans to address their attacker directly on stage as part of their ‘healing journey’.

They also want to feature some more upbeat moments mixed in with ‘sorrow’ during the performance. 

‘I try to weave in poetry and comedy, sorrow and joy, because it’s nonbinary, it’s honest,’ Alok explained when asked what fans can expect from their comedy tour.

‘In my show I wanted to be honest to what we live as humans. We’re far more enormous and tremendous than any binary allows us.’

Mx. Vaid-Menon said that their own comedy show will feature a harrowing story about how they were the victim of an anti-gay hate crime in Melbourne six years ago

Mx. Vaid-Menon said that their own comedy show will feature a harrowing story about how they were the victim of an anti-gay hate crime in Melbourne six years ago

This week, Alok told The Sydney Morning Herald that, ‘a lot of famous comics [have been] peddling transphobia’. 

Last year, Dave Chappelle caused controversy after his last Netflix special, The Closer, featured jokes aimed at the transgender community. 

Many students at his alma mater, Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC, did not take kindly to this line of humour and told the comedian as much during a heated Q&A session at the school in November.

Chapelle said the pushback ‘sincerely hurt’ him, but has not apologized for his remarks at the expense of transgender people.

Last year, Dave Chappelle caused controversy after his last Netflix special, The Closer, featured jokes aimed at the transgender community

Last year, Dave Chappelle caused controversy after his last Netflix special, The Closer, featured jokes aimed at the transgender community 

At the time, Netflix reportedly held a virtual event hosted by Alok to address the impact Chapelle’s comedy was having on the transgender community.

Alok is known for their famous circle of friends and for helping many celebrities come to terms with their gender.

They supported Demi Lovato and Sam Smith when the singers came out as nonbinary and switched to non-binary pronouns.

However, in the year since, Demi has shifted back to she/her pronouns after stating that she has been feeling more feminine lately.

Alok is also known for their famous circle of friends and for helping many celebrities come to terms with their gender. Pictured with Sam Smith

Alok is also known for their famous circle of friends and for helping many celebrities come to terms with their gender. Pictured with Sam Smith

Mx. Vaid-Menon’s career has been on fire in recent years.

Not only does the performance artist now boast one million followers on Instagram, they have also published several books and will soon appear in the star-studded sci-fi blockbuster Absolute Dominion. 

Despite their soaring popularity, Alok has been the subject of criticism from conservative media figures, including transgender YouTuber Blaire White, who has singled out the star in a series of videos on her YouTube page.

'I try to weave in poetry and comedy, sorrow and joy, because it's nonbinary, it's honest,' Alok explained when asked what fans can expect from their comedy tour

‘I try to weave in poetry and comedy, sorrow and joy, because it’s nonbinary, it’s honest,’ Alok explained when asked what fans can expect from their comedy tour

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