Halsey wore the victims of the homophobic attack on her shirt with “fuck your straight pride” on the back last night. Her advocacy for the #LGBTQ community is so important and so necessary 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/gAgSVyw1nr
— ꃅꍏ꒒ꌗꍟꌩ // ꌗ꓄ꋪꍟꍏꂵ ꈤꀤꁅꃅ꓄ꂵꍏꋪꍟ (@HopelessMinutes) June 11, 2019
Halsey paid tribute to a lesbian couple recently assaulted on a bus in London by wearing a T-shirt with the image of the couple during her concert in London on Monday.
Melania Geyamont and her girlfriend Chris, the couple displayed on Halsey’s shirt, allege that on the night of May 30 a group of at least four men beat her and her girlfriend after they refused the group’s demand for them to kiss.
The Metropolitan Police Service have arrested five teenage boys in connection with the attack. All five have been released on bail and will appear in court in July.
The shirt shows Geyamont and her girlfriend’s beat up faces after the attack. On the back of the shirt reads “Fuck your straight pride.”
“The sad reality is after the Pride parades are over and 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 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,” Halsey, who is bisexual, told the crowd on Monday.
She also addressed the upcoming “Straight Pride Parade” in Boston, an event organized by the group Super Happy Fun America.
“When people around the world ask the question, ‘Why isn’t there a straight pride parade?’” Halsey says. “The answer is because if there was one, you wouldn’t have to get on the bus and be terrified of getting fucking beaten or killed…every fucking day on public transport is a straight pride parade.”
A fan throws a rainbow flag on stage and Halsey wraps the flag around her body.
“If you are in this crowd and you are queer, you need to make a promise to me,” she says. “You need to promise me that you will not be afraid. Say it with me, ‘I will not be afraid.”
The crowd joins her in chanting “I will not be afraid.”
Halsey getting a room full of queer kids to scream “I WILL NOT BE AFRAID” after two women were beaten for being gay in the exact same town she’s performing in. She’s wearing a shirt with their faces on the front, and “FUCK YOUR STRAIGHT PRIDE” on the back. pic.twitter.com/VssWprS3gX
— Sucker!! (AKA Becca!!) (@iamsuckeriam) June 10, 2019