Celebrities Sign Letter Opposing Texas Bathroom Bill Targeting Transgender Community
Hundreds of celebrities have signed a letter opposing a Texas “bathroom bill” that would prevent transgender people from using the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity. Read the full letter below.
Jennifer Lawrence, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Kimmel and Emma Stone are among the 140 Hollywood stars who put their name on the letter, which was created by The Ally Coalition, Equality Texas, and GLAAD. Additional celebrities who signed the document include Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Alicia Keys, Whoopi Goldberg, Julianne Moore, Laverne Cox, Amy Poehler, Amy Schumer, Ewan McGregor, Lena Dunham, and Sting.
“Dear Texas Leaders, Please know that the creative community is watching Texas, with love for all of its people and for its contributions to music, art and culture,” the letter begins. “We are also deeply troubled by the current legislation that would target the LGBTQ community in Texas.” It goes on to note, “Texas Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 1362 would criminalize and restrict the simple act of a transgender person using the restroom that aligns with their gender identity — a denial of basic human dignity.”
The letter further expresses, “Bills like these are poison, a barrier between Texas and its future.” It also points out that many LGBTQ people are “subject to bullying and harassment” and the bill would do more harm to members of the transgender community. “How much more can you punish them for living honestly and openly?” the note asks. Read the letter in its entirety below.