After Trump rescinded protections for trans students in public schools this week, much of the entertainment industry (including Jackie Evancho, one of the president’s few inauguration performers) has pushed back. Via a post on her Facebook page, Beyoncé showed her support of LGBTQ students.
Her Facebook page has only been periodically updated, posted a rare statement link to the 100 Days of Kindness Campaign by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (G.L.S.E.N.) whose mission is to “create safe and affirming schools for all, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.”
Beyoncé’s post reads,
“#LGBTQ students need to know we support them. Share your support to #protecttransyouth at glsen.org/100days & put #KindnessInAction G.L.S.E.N.”
G.L.S.E.N. released a statement via the Huffington Post about the singer’s most recent act of solidarity toward transgender students. Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard said,
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“We are so thrilled that Beyoncé is standing up for transgender youth by joining G.L.S.E.N.’s 100 Days of Kindness Campaign at this very difficult time. 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.)”
“honors the inimitable black queer culture of New Orleans.“
100 Days of Kindness aims to look past hate or misunderstanding and instead support those who need their stories and voices heard. Participants can share their messages of love to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #KindnessInAction, and the campaign will collect them in a “virtual wall of kindness.”
Here’s how to post your message and show YOUR support:
Go here to GSLEN, click the blue Add a Post button in the top left corner of the wall. Or post to your Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter account using #KindnessInAction in your post and we will receive it. Consider including an image of you from school or record a short video, along with your message.
(via Vanity Fair)