Lady Gaga and Laverne Cox are speaking out against Donald Trump’s attempt to roll back rights for the Trans community.
According to the New York Times, Trump’s administration is trying to drastically reduce the rights of transgender people by considering a policy that would require trans-people to define gender as male or female, which would be determined by their physical genitalia at birth. If the policy goes through the transgender community would struggle getting essential mental and physical health care services.
The new policy has sparked outrage not just from the Trans community but celebrity supporters as well. “Orange is The New Black” star Cox spoke out in a tweet saying, “We must not give up the fight. But in the face of this affront on my existence and the existence of my community I choose love not fear. We exist and always have.” She also noted that the Trans community has been and will always be present in the world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
“In indigenous cultures all over the world gender existed beyond the binary and folks who we would call trans today held sacred places in those cultures,” she wrote Sunday. “Western colonialism drove those trans folks to the margins but we have always been here. Marginalizing trans folks is another example of the brutality of colonialism,” Cox continued. “This latest administration effort to legislate trans folks out of existence is yet another example of why the fight for gender equity must be intersectional and necessarily must include trans folks.”
Lady Gaga who has been an advocate for LGBTQ right for many years also responded to Trump in a tweet saying, “The government may be living in an alternate universe, but we as a society & culture know who we are and know our truth and must stick together and raise our voices so we can educate them about gender identities,” she wrote. The “Born This Way” star came to the LGBTQ’s defense writing, “While today you might feel unheard or unseen, know that this is not the reality of humanity,” she wrote. “This is another display of leadership being driven by ignorance.” This potential new definition would erase federal recognition of transgender people,” according to Billboard.com