Some of Hollywood's most famous faces — including Regina King, Selena Gomez and Halle Berry — are blasting anti-transgender legislation as "bigoted governmental policies," saying that the world must "fight against the unnecessary and unethical barriers placed on trans women and girls."
A slew of big names signed on to the open letter published Wednesday by LGBTQ organization GLAAD. Its release was timed to mark the International Transgender Day of Visibility.
"Trans women and girls have been an integral part of the fight for gender liberation. We uphold that truth and denounce the ongoing anti-transgender rhetoric and efforts we witness in various industries," the letter stated.
"For far too long, lawmakers have worked to strip trans women of their civil liberties — in 2021, once again, we’ve seen a wave of bigoted governmental policies and legislation. Many of these laws target the rights of girls to play school sports or criminalize doctors for treating trans youth and their families."
On Tuesday, South Dakota Gov. Kristi NoemKristi Lynn NoemSouth Dakota lawmakers release petition to impeach state attorney general OSHA faces big challenge with Biden vaccine mandate Overnight Health Care — Departing FDA vaccine regulators argue against COVID-19 booster shots MORE (R) signed executive orders barring transgender athletes from women’s sports in the state.
Noem tweeted a day earlier, “Only girls should play girls’ sports."
Michigan is among multiple other states considering legislation that would bar transgender athletes from playing on sports teams that align with their gender, while others such as Arkansas are advancing bills to crack down on gender-affirming care for transgender youth.
The public figures who signed GLAAD's letter called anti-trans sports bans "as unnecessary as they are harmful."
"These bigoted efforts are also aided by a contingent of self-identified feminists, who have been promoting damaging and violent ideas about trans people for years in the United States and internationally," the letter said.
"Allowing transphobic rhetoric to go unchecked also strengthens the legislative efforts of anti-trans politicians — who now cloak their bigotry in language about protecting or supporting women."
"We all must fight against the unnecessary and unethical barriers placed on trans women and girls by lawmakers and those who co-opt the feminist label in the name of division and hatred," the letter said. "Our feminism must be unapologetically expansive so that we can leave the door open for future generations."
Also among those who signed GLAAD's letter: Chelsea Clinton, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, feminist activist Gloria Steinem, Alyssa Milano, comedian Wanda Sykes, Cynthia Erivo, Gabrielle Union, singer Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monáe, models Cara Delevingne and Bella Hadid, Laverne Cox, soccer star Megan Rapinoe, Mayim Bialik, Amy SchumerAmy Beth SchumerWill Hollywood abandon Texas over abortion law? The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by AT&T - Senate to vote on infrastructure bill; budget package up next Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart to headline star-studded 9/11 benefit show MORE and Eva Longoria, as well as many others.