Words by Tess Becker
Amid the ongoing legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ communities, people across the United States are beginning to speak out. One of the most vocal has been the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and body positivity advocate, Lizzo, who has consistently used her platform to demand a better world.
One of her most recent stands was at a show in Nebraska. After a filibuster lasting nearly three months, by representatives including Machaela Cavanaugh, state lawmakers approved a ban on abortion care at roughly 10 weeks of pregnancy, combined with a bill that bans gender-affirming care for transgender youth.
“It really breaks my heart that there are young people growing up in a world that doesn’t protect them,” Lizzo said at the show. “Don’t let anyone tell you who you are. ... These laws are not real. You are what’s real, and you deserve to be protected.”
She has spoken out in other states around the country, including Texas, where she stood up against transphobia.
“I’m proud to rep Houston, but I’m not proud to rep Texas politics right now,” Lizzo said. “There are very regressive laws being passed. They’re taking away the right for young children to have a chance to live authentically as themselves. It’s a violation of human rights. Trans rights are human rights.”
Other celebrities have also spoken out, like the pop idol, Madonna.
“The oppression of the LGBTQ+ is not only unacceptable and inhumane; it’s creating an unsafe environment; it makes America a dangerous place for our most vulnerable citizens, especially trans women of color,” Madonna said in a statement.
If you want to help, make sure to check out organizations like The Trevor Project, which helps support the mental health of queer youth.
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Path Home. This organization helps families facing homelessness in Portland, Oregon. Find out more and support them here.
Hope South Florida. They help people affected by homelessness across the tri-county South Florida. Find out more.
National Coalition for the Homeless. They aid homeless people around the country through their many branches. Support them here.