Ariana Grande takes a stand for human rights – launches fundraiser, to raise $1.5 Million to support trans youth.
“Ariana Grande on Thursday launched a fundraising campaign for transgender youth to honor #TransDayOfVisibility, which is recognized each March 31 to celebrate the accomplishments of transgender people and acknowledge the hardships they continue to face,” NewsBreak Tweeted.
On Thursday, the 28-year-old singer took to Instagram to reveal that she “will be matching all funds raised up to $1,500,000″ through the fundraiser she has launched “to support organizations providing direct services and advocating for the rights of trans youth.”
“Right now there are hundreds of disgraceful bills pending in state legislature that target trans youth and aim to curb their rights. This will provide critical funds to organizations advocating for the rights of trans youth,” Ariana Grande said.
In the Instagram post that she uploaded on Transgender Day of Visibility, ‘Just Look Up’ singer said that “the impact of fighting these anti-trans bills and policies is felt all year by trans people, their families and loved ones.”
“Please join me in donating to this fundraiser which will provide critical funds to organizations advocating for the rights of trans youth in states currently targeted by anti-trans policies,” continued the singer, who took a break from music last year.
Ariana Grande further said, “all funds raised will be split evenly between benefiting organizations,” – including, Equality Florida, Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, Transanta, Tennessee Equality Project, and a bunch more.
The ‘Thank U, Next’ singer also instructed her fans who want to take part to “text PLEDGE to 707070 or use pledge.to/protect-defend-trans-youth-fund.”
By Friday morning, the fundraiser has gathered around $400,000.
Nearly 25 pieces of legislation proposed by Republican state governments inhabitant trans children from getting basic healthcare facilities.
Meanwhile, states including Arkansas, Florida, Mississippi, Iowa, Idaho, South Dakota, Montana, West Virginia, Alabama, Texas and Tennessee have enacted bans against trans athletes.
Ariana Grande’s stand for trans youth came following President Joe Biden addressing transgender people and declaring new measures to support them on Transgender Day of Visibility.
The new measures include an ‘X’ option for gender in the US passport from April 11 onwards, the latest Transportation Security Administration gender-neutral scanners and extra resources for trans families.
“Our entire administration sees you for who you are: made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect and support,” said Joe Biden in his speech.
He later addressed “an onslaught of anti-transgender state laws,” and called them “simply wrong.” “To any transgender American who’s struggling, please know you’re not alone. To parents and children alike, please ask for help. And know this: You’re so brave. You belong. And we have your back” added Biden.