The Trump administration announced on Wednesday that it would walk back protections put in place that would protect transgender students from discrimination, and the move has caused outcry from several different celebrities and politicians, including Beyoncé.
The superstar singer took to social media for the first time in weeks with not only a message of support for the LGBTQ community but a link to the 100 Days of Kindness initiative: “#LGBTQ students need to know we support them. Share your support to #protecttransyouth at glsen.org/100days & put #KindnessInAction GLSEN.”
The initiative by GLSEN is meant to build a “wall of kindness” around LGBTQ students. Per their website: “Since the election, we’ve seen an increase in reports of harassment, bullying, and violence towards LGBTQ students in schools. Now with a new administration in office, there’s growing anxiety among LGBTQ students about what they might face.”
After Beyoncé shared her support for the initiative, GLSEN responded in kind.
“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,” executive director Dr. Eliza Byard said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “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.)”