“Truth Hurts” singer Lizzo came out swinging against her home state of Texas over new abortion laws and a policy change regarding the medical treatment of transgender children.
The Houston born songstress voiced her displeasure surrounding the recent changes during the SXSW Film Festival keynote session at the Austin Convention Center on Sunday.
“I’m proud to rep Houston, but I’m not proud to rep Texan politics right now,” she remarked “There are very regressive laws being passed right now.”
“They are taking away the right for young children to have a chance to live authentically as themselves,” Lizzo continued. “It’s a violation of human rights. Trans rights are human rights.”
The “Good as Hell” singer was referencing governor Greg Abbott’s order for Texas Child Protective Services to investigate any reported cases of gender transitioning procedures, which he deemed as “child abuse” and are considered to be crimanally punishable by law.
A Texas judge blocked Abbott’s order on Friday, but the state’s Attorney General Ken Paxton circumvented the ruling with an appeal.
“Thankfully, Democrat judge’s order permitting child abuse is frozen. Much-needed investigations proceed as they should. This fight will continue up to the Supreme Court. I’m ready for it,” he tweeted the same day.
Lizzo also took aim at Texas’ recent abortion laws, which ban termination a pregnancy after six weeks with no exceptions, even in the case of rape or incest, and allows those who perform illegal abortions to be sued for a minimum of $10,000.
“We got a lotta ugly babies y’all need to be handling instead of y’all being in people’s homes and telling them what to do with their bodies and being all up in their uteruses,” the “Juice” singer said.
“The abortion ban is atrocious as well. Mind your business. Stay out of my body,” Lizzo concluded.