Transgender policies for different states in the U.S have been a topic of discussion in recent times. While some states have enacted policies that have favored those concepts, others have swung the other way, appearing to restrict people’s gender choices within the state.
Many celebrities have added their voices to the throng of individuals calling out lawmakers not to implement ideas that would stifle the fluidness of its indigene’ gender. Now, Lizzo, a Texas native, is calling out her hometown state for its recent directive on transgender kids.
Read below for more detail.
‘It’s A Violation Of Human Rights’
While delivering a keynote address at South By Southwest on Sunday, Lizzo, who grew up in Houston, criticized Texas lawmakers for making laws that unfairly target the LGBTQ community,
“I’m proud to rep Houston,” Lizzo, 33, stated at the event. “But I’m not proud to rep Texan politics right now. There are very regressive laws being passed.”
“Mind your business,” she added. “Trans rights are human rights.”
Lizzo’s main grievance referenced a recent directive from Texas state governor Greg Abbott that urged child welfare agencies and private individuals to report families that appear to be supporting youngsters having “elective gender-changing operations.”
The pop star opined that such laws transgressed human rights, citing that trans people were also human. “They’re taking away the right for young children to have a chance to live authentically as themselves,” she continued. “It’s a violation of human rights. Trans rights are human rights.”
Lizzo Also Lampooned Texas Abortion Laws
Lizzo criticized Texas lawmakers’ restriction on having abortions after six weeks or when a fetal heartbeat is detected. She passionately condemned the conservative politicians for being “all up in your uterus.”
The singer opined that most women are unaware of their pregnancies at that stage and should be allowed to make their own choices about the embryos growing within them.
“That ban is atrocious,” she said about the law. “Mind your business. Stay out of my body. This is not political.”
Lizzo is not the only celebrity to have spoken up against the recent laws restricting women’s right to an abortion.
In recent times, Billie Eilish, Amber Tamblyn, Minka Kelly, and Cecile Richards have all lent their voices to advocate for reproductive rights.
Lizzo Feels The Government Should Focus On More Important Things
Rather than roll outlaws that appear to stifle the decision-making abilities of its indigenes, Lizzo implored the government to spend more time working on other vital issues.
“We got a lot of other things that we need,” Lizzo said, adding, “there are people in charge who can change things on a systemic level, and they’re letting us down.”
Lizzo’s speech was welcomed by the SXSW crowd. Other celebrities in attendance, such as Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Beto O’Rourke, the Democratic nominee for governor, also used the forum to criticize the moves by Gov. Abbott, whose political actions have drawn widespread condemnation online.
Lizzo’s New Show Premieres On Amazon
Lizzo attended the annual festival of music, film, and media in part to promote her new unconventional reality tv series, “Watch Out for the Big Grrrls,” which will debut on Amazon on March 24.
The singer and rapper discussed her growing years, recalling that she lacked role models that had shared her body type, which would have aided her to overcome body shaming.
“I used to get called fat a– every single day on the bus,” she said, adding, “they don’t set us up to see our value and our worth, especially as Black women, especially as big Black women.”
Lizzo believes her show would change the narrative, hoping to unveil “thick” dancers and models who are in love with their body size.
“I want to lift these women up… I hope they all become superstars after this,” Lizzo said.