Lady Gaga breaks silence following Women's Day anti-trans comments

Lady Gaga breaks silence following Women's Day anti-trans comments

"Hatred is hatred, and this kind of hatred is violence.”

Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga/ Instagram

Lady Gaga has called out haters who slammed her International Women's Day post with trans actor and influencer Dylan Mulvaney. 

The two shared photos from their photoshoot where they were dressed in black and Gaga told Mulvaney, "I'm putting you on my vision board, for life", to which Mulvaney replied, "I love you".

Following the post, many social media users slammed the two and said their post was an insult to "real" women. Some users said Mulvaney does not qualify to be labeled a "real woman".

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Gaga has taken to Instagram to address the hate. 

"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," she wrote. 

“'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 added. 

However, she added that the hatred made her realise how there is a lot of work that still needs to be done to ensure the world accepts those who are transgender. 

"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," she said. 

" 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 added. 

The star completed her post by asking for love for all humans. 

"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."

See the post below. 

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