“It’s about accepting change and challenges with love, and that knowing when we do, everything is possible”

BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS

Jennifer Lopez has shown her support of the trans community once again by celebrating her trans nibling and their brand new documentary Draw With Me. Nibling is a gender-neutral term that can be used to replace “niece” or “nephew”.

The documentary follows the story of talented teen artist, Brendon Scholl, who identifies as trans non-binary and whose art has been a vital outlet for their self expression. 

“Talking about your identity as a person – sexual preference has to do with who you go to bed with, and your identity is who you go to bed as,” shares Brendon’s mother, Leslie Ann Lopez.

The press release reads: “From coming out as trans and consequently attempting suicide, to becoming an advocate… this intimate portrait of Brendon and their supportive family’s trials dives deep into what was endured and overcome in this heartwarming journey of acceptance.”

Directed by Constantine Venetopoulos, the short film has been made in partnership with The Trevor Project – the leading suicide prevention line for LGBTQI youth and powered by the Onassis Foundation. 

The film features Jennifer Lopez – Brendon’s aunt – in a special introduction, as well as President Elect Joe Biden. It has already had a wonderful impact on the LGBTQI movement having been presented at Tribeca Film Festival with the support of GLAAD, having been the subject of the first-ever panel at the United Nations on Transgender Health, and having screened at numerous high-schools in conjunction with the New York Department of Education. 

Speaking in the film, Jennifer Lopez says: “The film is important and timely in its story and message, and can have a huge impact. It’s a story that is very close to my heart, because it is a family affair. It’s about accepting change and challenges with love, and that knowing when we do, everything is possible.” 

Brendon has expanded their artistry beyond drawings and painting, and is now a sophomore in college studying acting. An advocate for acceptance, Brendon’s message for all those whose family, friends or co-workers may be trans is simple and clear, “Believe us when we say who we are.”

You can watch the trailer here or catch the documentary in full here. 

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