This is no time for a Poker Face, Lady Gaga!
We all know how supportive Lady Gaga is of LGBT issues. What's missing is her support of immigrants to America -- especially immigrants who are also lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender.
You've probably heard of the horrifyingly discriminatory law that was passed in Arizona (SB 1070) in April 2010, which would have asked anyone who "looked" like they might be undocumented to show proof of their citizenship or risk immediate deportation. While parts of the law were blocked yesterday by a federal judge, migrant communities in Arizona have been suffering discrimination and hatred long before SB 1070 and will continue to fight until a full injunction takes place.
As a community of people who understand what government-sanctioned discrimination feels like, it's important that the LGBT community stand strong with those who are experiencing the same type of discrimination at the hands of others...especially when there are many places where our communities overlap.
We're working with progressive activists in Arizona, who have called for businesses and performers to boycott the state. Many have -- but Lady Gaga is planning to move forward with plans for a concert in Phoenix on July 31. We're joining groups in Phoenix in asking her to make a public statement at the concert against SB 1070 and to stand with the immigrant community in Arizona and beyond.
Both migrant and LGBTQ communities know what it is to have to fight for our full human dignity to be affirmed. You have the opportunity to play a special role in that fight in Arizona.
Communities have called for a boycott of the state to make it happen. As an icon and beloved artist, please join us in boycotting Arizona and turn your trip into an opportunity to meet your little monsters in the migrant LGBTQ community so that you can speak out against the hateful laws and be a champion for this human rights cause.