The Lemonade star urges support for LGBTQ students after the US President’s latest much-criticized move.
Beyoncé has issued a pro-LGBTQ statement in the wake of Trump’s decision to revoke federal guidelines aimed at protecting transgender students in public schools in the US.
On Wednesday (February 22), the US President announced that he would be repealing protections established under President Obama last May that allowed transgender students to use toilets matching their gender identity. The Trump administration sent a letter to US schools outlining the change.
Posting on her Facebook page yesterday, the Lemonade artist wrote: “LGBTQ students need to know we support them. Share your support to #protecttransyouth at glsen.org/100days & put #KindnessInAction GLSEN…” She linked to a website supporting LGBTQ rights, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
Beyoncé is encouraging her fans to donate to GLSEN, an organization which supports LGBT issues in K-12 education. GLSEN recently launched 100 Days of Kindness – “a national campaign inviting community to post messages of support to LGBTQ students on social media by sharing moments of #KindnessInAction. Each message shared will form a brick in a virtual wall of kindness on this webpage, glsen.org/100days.”
GLSEN executive director Dr. Eliza Byard told The Huffington Post that the organisation was “thrilled” to receive Beyonce’s support.
“There is a great deal of confusion and fear out there right now, and Beyoncé has the unique power to cut through the noise to deliver a crucial message of love and support to all transgender youth. Thank you, Beyoncé. (And I cannot wait to tell my daughters about your support.)”