One of Elon Musk’s eight children has petitioned a Los Angeles court to recognize her new name and gender, saying she no longer wishes to be related to her famous and wealthy father “in any way, shape or form.”
Per CNN, the petition was filed by Xavier Alexander Musk, who turned 18 earlier this year and made the filing with a county court soon thereafter. She requests that her name be changed to Vivian Jenna Wilson, taking the last name of her mother, Justine Wilson, Musk’s ex-wife and mother of five of his children. There is a hearing for the case set for this Friday.
The Tesla CEO has been criticized for some of his statements on Twitter regarding gender identity issues. For example, in December 2020 he posted a tweet (which he has since deleted) that said “when you put he/him in your bio” alongside a drawing of an 18th-century soldier rubbing blood on his face in front of a pile of dead bodies and wearing a cap that read “I love to oppress.”
In response to criticism of that tweet, Musk wrote on Twitter: “I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare.”
I absolutely support trans, but all these pronouns are an esthetic nightmare— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 16, 2020
The SpaceX founder pointed out that Tesla had scored a 100% rating from the Human Rights Campaign as being one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality,” and has maintained that rating this year.
Musk has also said on Twitter that he is leaning toward supporting Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the 2024 presidential election. DeSantis recently pushed for and signed legislation, known as the “Don’t Say Gay” law, to limit discussions of homosexuality and trans issues in the state’s public schools.
DeSantis— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 15, 2022
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