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Ariana Grande steps in to protect trans youth matching $1.5 million in donations
Ariana Grande is stepping in to protect trans youth, launching a new fund and matching donations raised from up to $1.5 million in honor of International Transgender Day of Visibility, following recent anti-trans policies that target the trans community.The superstar announced the creation of her Protect & Defend Trans Youth Fund, partnering with fundraising organization Pledge and urging her fans and followers to donate to make a positive impact, collecting over $450,000 since going live.“Right now there are hundreds of disgraceful bills pending in state legislature that target trans youth and aim to curb their rights,” Ariana wrote, including states banning trans students from participating in school sports, such as Arizona, Oklahoma, Iowa, Utah and South Dakota.The singer stated that this new fund will provide “critical funds” and direct services to organizations “providing direct services and advocating for the rights of trans youth,” adding that this campaign will bring donations to 18 organizations across 12 different states, including the Black Trans Advocacy Coalition, Equality Florida, Jasmyn, Tennessee Equality Project, and more.A post shared by Pledge (@pledge.to)Ariana shared her appreciation for everyone taking the time to donate, as “the impact of fighting these anti-trans bills and policies is felt all year by trans people, their families and loved ones.”
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Jared Polis Says GOP Push for Anti-LGBTQ Laws 'Overreach' and 'Un-American'
Jared Polis on Sunday said that Republicans' push for anti-LGBTQ laws is "un-American" and an "overreach.""These hard policies about saying certain youth can't play sports, and certain people aren't allowed in certain places, or micromanaging what restroom people use and mandating what they do are really, frankly, un-American and are an example of Republican overreach, which will ultimately hurt their party, if they can't espouse the full diversity of the American people," the Democrat said during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union with host Dana Bash.The host asked him about his reaction to a clip that showed South Dakota Republican Governor Kristi Noem during a conference responding to questions related to LGBTQ issues in the state.On Thursday, a reporter asked Noem what she thought about a statistic, by HelpAdvisor, that stated that around 90 percent of the state's LGBTQ residents reported experiencing depression and anxiety, to which the GOP governor said, "I don't know. That makes me sad, and we should figure it out."Commenting on the clip, Polis noted that words and laws matter when it comes to dealing with issues related to the LGBTQ community."Look, words matter.
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