Lil Nas X

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‘Insensitive, transphobic’: Trans advocate dismisses Lil Nas X’s ‘pregnancy’

Lil Nas X’s pregnancy stunt did not land well with some including trans advocate Schuyler Bailer. He says the rapper’s stunt is irresponsible.

Lil Nas X

Schuyler Bailar and Lil Nas X Images via Twitter @sb_pinkmantary @LilNasX

In anticipation of his debut album, Montero, Lil Nas X thought it would be a great idea to announce his “pregnancy” with the album. The publicity stunt has been labelled as “distasteful” and did not land well with the transgender community. 

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Schuyler Bailer, an American transgender advocate and swimmer, took to his Instagram account to add his voice to the outrage about the rapper’s publicity stunt. 

In his post, he said the publicity stunt was transphobic, irresponsible and insensitive. Bailer also used the opportunity to shed light on the many people who cannot have an abortion in Texas due to the abortion ban in the state. 

“You are so carelessly wielding your privilege as a cis man, pretending to be pregnant, in an attempt to make jest, at the expense of men who CAN actually get pregnant and at the expense of women, trans men, genderqueer, nonbinary folks who cannot have an abortion in Texas right now.”


Schuyler Bailer boldly noted that anyone can be transphobic and used the Grammy award-winning rapper as an example to his 300 000 followers. 

“For the people saying ‘but Lil Nas X is queer!’ Being Queer doesn’t make you immune to being transphobic. Some cis queer people are transphobic as hell.”

“Now, I don’t think Lil Nas X is intentionally transphobic. But we live in a transphobic world, so this intent did not land.”

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Lil Nas X’s debut album Montero is set to be released on 17 September. The album features an array of artists including Elton John, Doja Cat, Miley Cyrus and Megan Thee Stallion. 

The 15-track album will also feature the rapper’s previously released singles, Industry Baby featuring Jack Harlow, and Montero (Call Me By Your Name).