More than 100 celebrities have teamed up to pen a letter addressed to Texas leaders in opposition of Senate Bill 6 and House Bill 1362—legislation that if enacted, would mandate people using public restrooms that match the sex listed on their birth certificate.
The letter begins:
"Dear Texas Leaders,
Please know that the creative community is watching Texas, with love for all of its people and for its contributions to music, art, and culture. We love Texas and its people so much. For many of us, performing in Texas for the first time has been a life-altering experience. We are amazed by the state’s culture and community.
We are also deeply troubled by the current legislation that would target the LGBTQ community in Texas."
The letter also addresses additional legislation Texas politicians are considering, including laws that would "force teachers to out LGBTQ students to their parents," and work to "strip Texas cities of their LGBTQ-inclusive nondiscrimination protections, undermine marriage equality or legalize discrimination on campuses and in public life."
A total of 140 celebrities, artists and activists signed the letter including Lady Gaga, Cyndi Lauper, Janelle Monae, Gloria Steinem, Laverne Cox, Cakes Da Killa, St. Vincent, Ariana Grande and Britney Spears.
These proposed laws threaten the personhood of LGBTQ folks, which is underlined throughout the celebrity-endorsed letter. "Bills like these are poison," the letter states. "a barrier between Texas and its future."