February 18, 2019 at 1:10 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Don Cheadle stands up for trans youth on ‘SNL’
Don Cheadle on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

Don Cheadle made a quiet but bold statement of support for transgender youth on the Feb. 16 episode of “Saturday Night Live.”

The “House of Lies” star, who was hosting the show, wore a T-shirt that read “Protect Trans Kids” when he introduced musical guest Gary Clark Jr. He didn’t say a word beyond making the introduction but the shirt spoke volumes.

The T-shirt was praised on social media including by transgender activist Janet Mock.

Cheadle also made another political statement via his fashion choices at the end of the show. He donned a Russian hockey jersey with the word “Trump” and the number “45,” a reference to Trump’s presidency, written on the back.

Cheadle acknowledged the wave of support on social media.

“I awoke to so much support and love,” Cheadle tweeted. “Thank you NBC for the opportunity for to play and respect and throw shade in an [sic] historic space in an historic time. Keep fighting, y’all. Evil grows in the dark.”

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