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Lizzo says she wants to inspire Black trans women as she graces Rolling Stone cover with stunning shoot

Nick Duffy January 22, 2020
Lizzo appears on the February cover of Rolling Stone

Lizzo appears on the February cover of Rolling Stone

Lizzo has spoken out for Black trans women in a new interview with Rolling Stone.

Appearing on the cover of the February issue of Rolling Stone, the ‘Coconut Oil’ singer spoke about her hopes of inspiring black women.

Lizzo wants to inspire Black trans women.

She said: “As a Black woman, I make music for people, from an experience that is from a Black woman.

“I’m making music that hopefully makes other people feel good and helps me discover self-love.

“That message I want to go directly to Black women, big Black women, Black trans women. Period.”

It’s not the first time she’s spoken out about trans issues, addressing the issue from the stage of Sacramento Pride last year.

She added: “Since I’ve been given this platform today, I want to take a second to say that Black lives matter, trans lives matter, and if we’re going to celebrate Pride, then we need to keep that energy 365.

“I want you to carry that Pride everywhere you go, no matter what uniform you’re in, you carry that Pride and that love for this community.

“Your hospital scrubs, your fireman outfit, your police uniform – no matter what you’re wearing, you are are protecting queer, Black, brown, trans – your community. ”

Lizzo is a fierce LGBT+ ally
Lizzo is a fierce LGBT+ ally (Dave Simpson/WireImage)

She wrote at the time: “Just your daily reminder that Black trans women need to be protected & prioritized. We ain’t free till we ALL free. Thank you for choosing me, I don’t take my allyship lightly.”

‘There’s no such thing as straight.’

Speaking to V Magazine previously, she declared: “I honestly feel like there is no such thing as straight [laughs]. Because f**k boxes; I am too big to be put in one anyway. I am a fat b***h.”

Lizzo said: “The [queer] community is who embraced me initially… LGBTQ people lifted me up and got me to this point. I have nothing but love for them.

“I just feel so humbled because I believe that all marginalised people have the experience of feeling unwanted and not being able to just f**king live our lives. I think we all have that common thread—we can look at each other on the sidelines and nod, like, b***h I feel you. We all feel each other on a certain level.

“I have felt excluded my entire life, from so many things. I have felt excluded from [my] blackness because I wasn’t [culturally] well-read on certain things. I feel like, because of that, I never want anyone [else] to ever feel excluded.

“So my movement is for everyone. It’s about inclusion. And if I am going to fight what I have been marginalised for, I am going to fight for all marginalised people.”

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