Jennifer Lopez took to Instagram this weekend to introduce a new short film, Draw With Me, which aims to shed light on the experience of a young transgender person and their coming out to their family.
“Draw With Me is a short film about a transgender youth and their journey of coming out to their family and also engaging in their art to help them cope with the feelings they were having during this time,” Lopez explained before showing a clip from the film.
“The film is important and timely in its story and message and can have a huge impact on those of us who watch and experience what Brendon and their family is going through in this time of acceptance and admission,” she added.
J.Lo called the project “a story that’s very close to my heart because it was a family affair. It’s about accepting change and challenges with love and knowing that when we do, anything’s possible. Also because, Brendon is my nibling.” (Nibling is a gender-neutral term used to refer to a child of one’s sibling as a replacement for “niece” or “nephew”.) Brendon is the child of JLo‘s sister Leslie.
At the start of the clip from Draw With Me, Brendon explains, “It was in eighth grade when I finally felt comfortable with saying that I’m trans.”
The full film is set to debut at film festivals around the world and via VOD soon.