October 5, 2017 at 12:03 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Tom Petty’s final tour supported transgender rights

(Photo via Wikimedia Commons.)

Tom Petty, who died from cardiac arrest at his home in Malibu on Monday, gave a nod to transgender rights during his final tour.

Petty and his band The Heartbreakers were celebrating their 40th anniversary on their latest tour. On July 27, President Donald Trump tweeted that he intended to ban transgender people from the military. During Petty’s show at Forest Hills Stadium in New York, he gave an encore performance of “American Girl.”

Photos of different women appeared on screen in the background including the late transgender actress Alexis Arquette. The timing of the photo caused some fans to think it was a message of solidarity with the transgender community.

Her brother David thanked Petty for his inclusion on Instagram captioning the video, “Thank you #tompetty for your #americangirl tribute that included #alexisarquette and thank you @faderfam for finding it and @rosannaarquette for getting it in there.”

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