J.Lo Shines the Spotlight on Her Trans Nibling in New Film

"This is their story."

Jennifer Lopez wants you to meet one very special member of her family.

Over the weekend, the iconic actress and singer took to Instagram to promote Draw With Me, a forthcoming short film about one transgender youth’s journey of self-discovery. The story is “very close to my heart,” Lopez revealed: Brendon Scholl, the young person featured in the film, is her nibling (a gender-neutral alternative to “niece” or “nephew”). They’re the child of Leslie Ann Lopez, J.Lo’s sister, and Rob Scholl, her brother-in-law.

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,” J.Lo told her 130 million followers on Instagram.

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Leslie Ann Lopez (L), J.Lo’s sister, with Brendon Scholl in 2018.

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

The world got a first look at Draw With Me in a clip immediately following J.Lo’s introduction.

“My name’s Brendon. I use they/them/their pronouns,” Brendon says in the doc. “It was in eighth grade when I finally felt comfortable with saying that I’m trans.”

Draw With Me was directed by Constantine Venetopoulos of Ithaka Films and made in partnership with The Trevor Project, according to NBC News. The short doc will screen at film festivals worldwide and is “coming soon to VOD,” although J.Lo didn’t specify a release date.

Watch’s the superstar’s full introduction—and the first five minutes of the film—below.

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