Halsey is many things: A singer, an actress, and an activist among them. She is currently dating English rocker Yungblud, but the musician identifies as bisexual and has long been an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. See how her incredible response to a publicized homophobic incident during her performance at a recent U.K. concert.
The attack occurred on May 29, 2019
If you don’t know about the incident, here’s what happened. Two women, Melania Geymonat and her partner, Chris, were riding the night bus in London in May. According to BBC News, several male teenagers, four of whom have since been arrested, harassed the couple, “asking them to kiss while making sexual gestures.”
From there, the boys began to hit them, and both women were bleeding and needed medical attention. They were also robbed by the attackers. On her own Facebook page, Melania wrote of the incident, “ I just hope that in June, Pride Month, stuff like this can be spoken out loudly so they STOP HAPPENING!”
This is what she said at the concert
“The sad reality is that after the Pride parades are over, after the bars close their Pride nights, when the glitter is being swept out of the streets, a lot of people get on those trains and they get on those buses, and they try to wash the rainbows off their bodies,” Halsey said to the crowd in a video provided by Twitter user Becca (@iamsuckeriam).
“And they peel the stickers off their clothes. Because when Pride is over, it’s not safe to be gay anymore. Because they’re worried that someone is going to viciously assault them, or viciously attack them.,” she said, in a reference to the bus incident. She was also wearing a shirt with the image of Melania and Chris on the bus on it, and the words, “F*** your straight pride” on the back.
“So when people around the world wonder why there isn’t a ‘straight pride parade,’” Halsey said as the crowd erupted with anger at the notion. “The answer is because if there was one, you wouldn’t have to get on the bus and be terrified of getting f***ing beaten or killed,” she continued to even louder cheers. “That’s why there’s not a straight pride parade. Because every f***ing day on public transport is a straight pride parade.”
Here’s how Halsey closed her speech
“So we need to take moments like this when we’re all together,” she continued as someone from the crowd tossed her a rainbow flag. “To remember how lucky we are to have safe space,” Halsey remarked, as she was once again drowned out by the crowd’s agreement.
“If you are in this crowd and you are queer, you need to make a promise now,” said Halsey. “I need you to promise me that you will not be afraid.” Then she led the crowd as they chanted “I will not be afraid” several times before she transitioned into a song. What an incredible message.
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