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Beyoncé Just Put Her Mega-Stardom Behind a Message of Support for LGBTQ Students

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Ever since not doing a damned thing in 2015 to help preserve transgender rights in her hometown of Houston, LGBTQ fans have criticized pop diva Beyoncé for doing jack to help the queer community. Yeah, she’ll put on a rainbow cape and dance around to celebrate the Supreme Court legalizing marriage equality, they say, but that’s the extent of her love. Their criticisms aren’t entirely fair (as we’ll explain shortly), but her critics might be happy to know that yesterday she made a Facebook post supporting LGBTQ students in the wake of Trump’s guidance against transgender students.

That makes her the latest of several celebrities who have stepped up to the plate following Trump’s disgusting take-back of trans rights.

Beyoncé’s Facebook post read, “#LGBTQ students need to know we support them. Share your support to #protecttransyouth at glsen.org/100days & put #KindnessInAction GLSEN​” and it linked to the “100 Days of Kindness” campaign spearheaded by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), a nationwide organization supporting LGBTQ issues in U.S. schools.

According to GLSEN’s website, the campaign encourages people to “post messages of support to LGBTQ students on social media by sharing moments of #KindnessInAction. Each message shared will form a brick in a virtual wall of kindness on this webpage.”

Her mega stardom could help draw attention to the political oppressions facing transgender youth. As of this moment, her post has 27,000 likes, 419 comments and has been shared 2,600 times.

It also turns out that this isn’t the first time she’s ever spoken in support of LGBTQ equality. In 2013, around the time California began its court hearings on Proposition 8 (the ballot measure that outlawed same-sex marriage in the state), she posted an Instagram message in support of marriage equality; in a 2014 interview with OUT magazine, she said she took pride in her music’s ability to help people reclaim their sexuality; and she also posted a note on her website in May 2016 opposing North Carolina’s anti-trans bathroom bill. She also featured same-sex couples in her visual video for Lemonade released last year.