Hatred and bigotry of any kind is hurtful and wrong, but when it’s aimed at the child of the bigot, it’s an even more alarming situation. Being trans is hard enough in a country where trans Americans already experience a higher rate of violence than any other population in the world, but having a highly public transphobic dad can’t make it any easier.
One of Elon Musk's children filed legal papers to drop his name and change her own, citing "Gender Identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape, or form."
Not surprised a transgender child feels that way: pic.twitter.com/nMHy4rUbNn
— Mrs. Betty Bowers (@BettyBowers) June 20, 2022
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla who’s made noise recently with his threats to buy Twitter to protested “free speech” right before firing a bunch of his employees for saying negative things about him, plays the Twitter troll game alongside the GOP like he’s one of them. In fact, he’s aligned himself with GOP figures lately like Ron DeSantis, the famously anti-gay and anti-trans governor of Florida.
Vivian Jenna Wilson, born Xavier Musk, filed legal papers in L.A. County on Monday to legally change her name. While it is common for trans people to change their names to better match their gender identity, Wilson also cited other reasons.
TMZ reports that:
‘In the docs, she says she wants to be recognized as female — but the name change isn’t just about her transitioning, there’s clearly a rift with dear ol’ Dad. Vivian lists her reason for the name change as … “Gender Identity and the fact that I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form.”‘
Twitter had a lot of thoughts on the subject, especially about their concern for Wilson’s safety in an abusive relationship like the one she has with her father. Read some of their comments below: