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Kacey Musgraves: A Vote for Trump Is an Anti-LGBTQ+ 'Act of Violence'

Kacey Musgraves

Kacey Musgraves is using her voice to warn about the harm to the LGBTQ+ community that would be caused by a second Trump term.

The country singer shared an image to Twitter Friday with the following caption: "If you love an LGBTQ+ person and you’re planning on voting for Donald Trump in November, that’s an act of violence against them."

"To each their own, but know what your vote means," Musgraves, 32, wrote in her tweet.

The "Rainbow" singer is right. According to GLAAD's Trump Accountability Project, his administration has attacked the LGBTQ+ community at least 172 times in rhetoric and policy, including the ban on transgender troops serving in the military, since coming into power in 2017.

Some conservatives replied to Musgraves' tweet attempting to refute this record, pointing to Trump's alleged tolerance of same-sex marriage and the former inclusion of a gay diplomat, Richard Grenell, in his cabinet.

As the election nears, the administration itself has tried to revise history. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in July that President Trump has "a great record" on LGBTQ+ issues. On Monday, she repeated the lie, citing measures like a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and the shortening of the abstinence period for gay and bi blood donors from six months to three as supposed evidence of its allyship.

Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD's CEO, was among the LGBTQ+ leaders who slammed McEnany for citing hollow talking points that ignore the greater pattern of harm.

"The administration's 'global initiative' went nowhere. Its plan for AIDS is horrifically underfunded and not serious. And the administration should be calling to completely lift the outdated and discriminatory ban on blood donations from gay and bi men," Ellis stated. "Press Secretary McEnany should update her LGBTQ talking points.

“We will continue to call out the truth about the administration’s attacks against LGBTQ people in rhetoric and policy. We’ll continue to call it what it is: abysmal. We’ll continue to question why McEnany thinks it’s a record to be proud of.”

Musgraves, a longtime ally of the LGBTQ+ community in a music genre that has been historically exclusive of queer people, also received a lot of support for her tweet, which received over 23,000 shares at the time of this article's posting.

Out performers Mary Lambert and Dan Levy were among those who praised the post for its truth. The Schitt's Creek co-creator replied with a heart emoji, while Lambert pointed out how Trump is taking credit for shifting societal views that are independent of his policies.

Related | Kacey Musgraves Has Been an LGBTQ Ally Since Her Career Began

Tags: Celebs, Election

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