After the NFL warned it would stop hosting future editions of the Super Bowl in Texas and the state’s governor subsequently mocked the sports organization’s decision, many prominent entertainers have signed a letter urging Texas legislators to put a halt to the state’s new bathroom bills targeting the transgender community.
As many as 142 artists signed the letter dated Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day). Lady Gaga is among them, as well as Cyndi Lauper, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, Julianne Moore, Laverne Cox, Amy Poehler, Ewan McGregor, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Whoopi Goldberg, George Takei, Sting and many more notable names.
Advocacy group Equality Texas organized the letter, which was drafted in part by producer and musician Jack Antonoff.
“We are also deeply troubled by the current legislation that would target the LGBTQ community in Texas,” reads the letter.
“Transgender and gender non-conforming young people are already subjected to bullying and harassment. Can you imagine the message these bills send to children — the message of ‘that child is unwelcome, that child is dangerous?'”
“I wrote this letter because I want them to know that me and all of my friends — all of these wonderful artists and actors and writers and designers — are watching Texas and are not OK with this happening,” Antonoff told Billboard.
You can read the full letter below.