On Tuesday, the Arkansas Senate approved a bill that criminalizes transgender people from using restrooms that align with their gender identity. The bill now heads to the Arkansas House, which has a Republican majority.
Additionally, governors in six Republican states — Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Utah — have recently signed bills restricting medical care for trans youth.
In response to the wave of anti-trans legislation, many celebrities have vocalized support for trans communities, including Lizzo. In a follow-up tweet, she said she hasn’t seen people explain their bigotry and believes doing so would be illuminating.
“I’ve never heard a person say why they’re racist… Or fatphobic.. I’ve never heard a reason why someone is transphobic,” Lizzo wrote. “I think if we knew ‘why’ these people felt this way there would [be] way less support for these ideals. Because the ‘why’ is more insidious than we realize.”