Beyoncé voiced support for the LGBT community on social media Thursday following the Trump administration’s withdrawal of Obama-era protections for transgender students.
“#LGBTQ students need to know we support them,” Beyoncé said in a rare Facebook post.
She encouraged her followers to donate to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), an organization that aims to support LGBT issues in K-12 education. She linked to the organization’s “100 Days of Kindness” initiative, which encourages people to post supportive messages for LGBT students on social media, building “a virtual wall of kindness," the organization says.
"Share your support to #protecttransyouth at glsen.org/100days & put #KindnessInAction GLSEN,” Beyonce said in her post.
GLSEN’s executive director, Dr. Eliza Byard, told The Huffington Post the organization was “thrilled” to receive Beyoncé’s support.
“We are so thrilled that Beyoncé is standing up for transgender youth by joining GLSEN’s 100 Days of Kindness Campaign at this very difficult time,” Byard said. “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.)”
Beyoncé supported President Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, in the 2016 presidential election campaign, and has long been an advocate for LGBT rights.
On Wednesday evening, the Trump administration rolled back guidelines issued by the Obama White House that allowed students in public schools to use bathrooms and other facilities based on their gender identities.
A host of Democrats voiced opposition to the move, saying it would encourage discrimination, though the Trump administration vowed it would still protect all students in public schools.