‘Traditional marriage’ group wants to boycott Britney Spears over LGBT support
A group that campaigns against same-sex marriage wants people to stop listening to Britney Spears over her support for LGBT rights.
The Facebook group, called 1,000,000 Supporting Traditional Marriage, shared a link to a PinkNews story about Spears launching an LGBT perfume and asked members to “boycott” the singer in response.
“We believe that marriage is between a man and woman to the exclusion of any and all other definitions,” the group’s description reads.
More than 150,000 people have liked the group, which as well as opposing gay marriage, also appears to oppose transgender rights.
Spears, an outspoken advocate of LGBT rights, launched a Pride edition of her Fantasy perfume last week, with part of the proceeds going to the LGBT group GLAAD.
The star, who headlined Brighton Pride on Saturday, wrote on Twitter: “Looking forward to celebrating love and equality at @PrideBrighton tomorrow!!!”
“To help kick off the celebration, there’s a special #Pride Edition of Fantasy available now at @Superdrug stores in the UK!”
One pound of each £40 bottle will go towards the media monitoring organisation GLAAD.
Spears released a new fragrance in July, which many fans suggested could be the singer’s first gender-neutral perfume.
Earlier this year, Spears received an award from GLAAD for her work in supporting LGBT rights.
She accepted the Vanguard Award at the annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles in April.
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Each year the award goes to someone who has “made a significant difference in promoting equality and acceptance of LGBTQ people,” GLAAD officials said in a press release.
Spears responded that she was “honoured” to received the award, writing on Instagram: “The LGBTQ community means the absolute world to me and inspires me every day.
“I am proud to be an ally and I will continue to support equality and acceptance for all!!”
In recent years, Spears has spoken out against anti-LGBT bills in Texas and performed on a GLAAD charity single for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando in 2016.
Last year, Spears, Lady Gaga and a host of other celebrities signed an open letter to Texas, warning the “creative community” was “deeply troubled by the current legislation that would target the LGBTQ community.”