Lady Gaga Has Strong-Worded Response for People Spreading Transgender Hate

The pop star spoke out against transphobia after her International Women’s Day social media content with Dylan Mulvaney was met with vitriol.
Lady Gaga and Dylan Mulvaney

Lady Gaga and Dylan Mulvaney.

Lady Gaga and Dylan Mulvaney celebrated International Women’s Day on March 8 with a fun and sweet post on the TikToker’s Instagram account on Friday. The celebration was, unfortunately, met with plenty of transphobia, which the “Bad Romance” singer called out on her own feed on Monday. 

“I certainly do not speak for this community, but I have something to say,” Gaga wrote. “I hope all women will come together to honor us ALL for International Women’s Day, and may we do that always until THE DAY that all women are celebrated equally. That all people are celebrated equally. A day where people of all gender identities are celebrated on whichever holiday speaks to them. Because people of all gender identities and races deserve peace and dignity. May we all come together and be loving, accepting, warm, welcoming. May we all stand and honor the complexity and challenge of trans life—that we do not know, but can seek to understand and have compassion for. I love people too much to allow hatred to be referred to as ‘backlash.’ People deserve better.”

The 37-year-old Grammy Award-winning artist also noted in her caption that she feels “very protective” of Mulvaney, a 27-year-old influencer who is known for documenting her gender transition online with her more than 10 million TikTok followers.

In the face of the hatred the two received following the post, Gaga pointed out that “it is not surprising given the immense work that it’s obvious we still have to do as a society to make room for transgender lives to be cherished and upheld by all of us.”

While plenty of trolls yet again chimed in to the comments section, many of Gaga’s fans and followers praised her for using her voice.

“🤍 thank you for always standing up for what is right,” one person commented.

“that’s a STATEMENT 🏳️‍⚧️❤️,” someone else added.

“SAY IT LOUDER MAMA🤍🤍🤍,” another user cheered.

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