Apologize to LGBT Youth for Harmful Remarks About Donald Trump
On December 4, Kelly Osbourne accepted the Trevor Hero Award from the Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to preventing LGBTQ youth suicide. The award "honors an individual who works to increase visibility and understanding of the LGBT community."But Ms. Osbourne used her acceptance speech to ask the largely LGBT audience to send love... to Donald Trump:"People voted for him. So just like they gave us a chance to love equally, we will fight to keep that. But we have to give him a chance and we do it by spreading love, not hate.”Ummmm, earth to Kelly: Donald Trump is no friend of the LGBT community. He's assembling the most homophobic and transphobic cabinet in American history. He has pledged to appoint Supreme Court justices who will roll back marriage equality and promised to sign a law that would legalize Jim Crow-style discrimination against LGBT people. And his vice president, Mike Pence, is an enthusiastic proponent of conversion therapy -- a fraudulent practice, rejected by every single mainstream organization of medical and mental health professionals, that falsely claims to "fix" gay and transgender people. The risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide resulting from conversion therapy is so great that several states have banned it for minors.And Kelly Osbourne wants us to "give [this] a chance"? No way. Telling vulnerable, suicidal LGBTQ youth to accept bigotry and oppression is absolutely outrageous. That's not how a real ally acts, let alone a hero.Kelly Osbourne must immediately and publicly apologize for her harmful words. If she refuses, the Trevor Project should take her Hero Award back.
Equality-Minded Performance Spaces: Cancel Upcoming Michelle Shocked Concerts After Vile Anti-Gay Tirade
On Sunday, folk singer and onetime Lilith Fair regular Michelle Shocked stunned a San Francisco audience with a vicious anti-gay tirade. (Source: http://is.gd/O2IEGF) Shocked told the crowd that she lived in fear of same-sex marriage and even co-opted the rhetoric of the Westboro Baptist Church, an anti-gay hate group, by declaring that "God hates fags." Audience members reportedly walked out in disgust. Freedom of speech and artistic expression are critically important, but this isn't about free speech. This is hate speech. And in a world where LGBT people are bullied from the pulpit, on the playground, and at the polls, anti-gay hate speech can have serious consequences including legitimizing bullying and hate crimes, and increasing victims' risk of anxiety, depression, and suicide. Michelle Shocked is currently on tour, and many performance venues are cancelling her upcoming shows in light of Shocked's bigoted rant. Let's demand that the rest do the same.