As we dive further into our Celebrations In Pride throughout the month of June, Audacy asked some of our favorite artists to explain why anti-LGBTQ language is detrimental to society.
Check out the powerful answers from Rina Sawayama, morgxn, Max Ernst of SHAED, ROSTAM, and phem, as we continue to highlight the amazing diversity, creativity, and ingenuity of the LGBTQIA+ community.
“It’s important anytime you hear an anti-LGBTQ joke in your presence to diffuse the situation, I appreciate that it’s really really hard, my natural reaction to things that make me feel uncomfortable is to laugh, and sometimes… you forget that actually, that’s the moment where you should speak up.”
“To tolerate somebody… saying a word that’s a slang, derogatory term, but their using it as a joke, that joke is based in truth and that joke is what keeps perpetuating the separatism…so let’s just not.”
Max Ernst of SHAED
“No one should tolerate anti-LGBTQ+ jokes because nothing cuts deeper than being made fun of for who you are.”
“…Let people know that what they’re doing isn’t enforcing a supremacy culture and that culture is straight supremacy.”
“Anytime you hear an anti-LGBTQ joke around you, you have to immediately shut it down and let that person know it's not okay because you let that slip and it’s going to happen again and again in different people’s presence…”