Billy Ray Cyrus fully supports the LGBTQ+ community and he has no problem with showing it.
“I would feel negligent to not speak up.”
After Bruce Springsteen released a statement canceling his shows in Mississippi, many celebrities have piggy backed off speaking against what is known as the “bathroom law” in North Carolina and the “religious freedom” bill in Mississippi, to help support the LGBTQ community. These two laws contain restrictions for the community, simply denying their rights as human beings.
Most recently, Bryan Adams announced that he will no longer be performing in Mississippi due to these laws as it is not fair to take away such a right. Billy Ray stated his opinion on the matter shortly after:
“In the light of my good friend, Bryan Adams, taking a stand and my daughter having been on the ground floor of this movement, this issue is very important to me. As a friend and a dad… I’ve witnessed this fight from the very beginning. I think everyone should be treated equal. We’ve come too far; we can’t mess this up.”
The “religious freedom” bill was passed in March by Phil Bryant, stating that the government will not punish those who refuse to provide service to people because of a religious opposition, same sex marriage, and anyone who is transgender. Following this bill, North Carolina passed the “bathroom law” in which people are forced to use the bathroom as the sex identified on their birth certificate, rather than what they actually identify themselves as. But Cyrus, Adams, and Springsteen are not the only ones who have had something to say about the evidential unfairness.
Laverne Cox tweeted about her disappointment in the governor and legislature of North Carolina.
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) March 24, 2016
And Ellen DeGeneres covered her response through a monologue on Ellen:
“I’m not a political person, I’m really not. But this is not politics, this is human rights. And I mean… when I see something wrong, I have to talk about it. It’s the same thing that I do when I see men wearing Spandex in line at Starbucks. It’s wrong and I need to discuss it.”
At least we can always count on Ellen for hilariously trying to make light of the situation. But with all joking aside, we found her reasoning to be quite powerful. To watch her full monologue, click here.
We are firm believers in the humanity of equality, not separation – and we find it extremely sad when we hear about those who get denied their simple rights. We’re all human beings, we all have feelings, and there is no reason why anyone should be treated any differently. What are your thoughts? Tweet us @CelebMix, or comment below! We always love to hear from you.