Charli XCX is calling on her LGBTQ+ fanbase to pay extra attention to issues dealing with the Black Transgender community this Pride Month. In a recent post on social media, she stated, “Pride Month is a moment to seize, to fly the flag and give back to the community… We must give back, recognize and acknowledge the Black Trans community in particular.”
Charli’s recent post comes on the heels of the music industry’s Black Out Tuesday where artists and major labels alike disconnected from work in order to reconnect with the community. The singer-songwriter also highlighted a number of worthwhile causes like the Black Trans Protestors Emergency Fund which will be used to supply protestors with resources, medical care and bail. Also featured were the Nina Pop Mental Health Recovery Fund and the Tony McDale Mental Health Recovery Fund, each set up in the name of two Black transgender people who lost their lives to police brutality. Both raise money to provide therapy sessions with a licensed Black therapist free of cost. Charli also helped create a The Show Must Be Paused educational document full of the historic and contemporary context of systemic racism alongside reading and watching material.
Read Charli’s full statement below. In related news, musicians the world over have responded to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests throughout America shedding a light on police brutality and demanding accountability and demilitarization.
TO MY LGBTQ+ FAN BASE: NOW IS THE TIME FOR MASS ACTION. PLEASE READ THIS. #blacktranslivesmatter #NinaPop #TonyMcDade @BTFAcollective @TheOkraProject @4THEGWORLS @BlkTransTravel full swipe up links as per my post on my Instagram. link to donate to the @BTFAcollective in bio pic.twitter.com/XAVJ1sN5P3
— Charli (@charli_xcx) June 3, 2020