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Lady Gaga defends Dylan Mulvaney after 'hatred' directed at trans activist

Lady Gaga has called out cruel comments aimed at Dylan Mulvaney credit:Bang Showbiz
Lady Gaga has called out cruel comments aimed at Dylan Mulvaney credit:Bang Showbiz

Lady Gaga has defended Dylan Mulvaney from a torrent of "appalling" abuse.

The 'Bad Romance' hitmaker has responded after the trans activist and TikTok star was met with "hatred" after sharing a photo of them together last week in honour of International Women's Day.

On Monday (11.03.24), she wrote on Instagram: "It’s appalling to me that a post about National Women’s Day by Dylan Mulvaney and me would be met with such vitriol and hatred.

"When I see a newspaper reporting on hatred but calling it 'backlash' I feel it is important to clarify that hatred is hatred, and this kind of hatred is violence.

"'Backlash' would imply that people who love or respect Dylan and me didn’t like something we did. This is not backlash. This is hatred."

She pointed out that there is still "immense work" that needs doing "as a society to make room for transgender lives to be cherished and upheld by all of us".

She continued: "I feel very protective in this moment, not only of Dylan, but of the trans community who continues to lead the way with their endless grace and inspiration in the face of constant degradation, intolerance, and physical, verbal, and mental violence.

"I certainly do not speak for this community, but I have something to say.

"I hope all women will come together to honor us ALL for International Women’s Day, and may we do that always until THE DAY that all women are celebrated equally. That all people are celebrated equally.

"A day where people of all gender identities are celebrated on whichever holiday speaks to them. Because people of all gender identities and races deserve peace and dignity."

She urged people to live their lives by being "loving, accepting, warm [and] welcoming" to others.

She said: "May we all come together and be loving, accepting, warm, welcoming.

"May we all stand and honor the complexity and challenge of trans life — that we do not know, but can seek to understand and have compassion for.

"I love people too much to allow hatred to be referred to as 'backlash.' People deserve better."