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Lady Gaga condemns hate thrown at Dylan Mulvaney after viral Women's Day post

Lady Gaga is calling out the haters and coming to the defense of Dylan Mulvaney after a post with the trans influencer/activist for International Women's Day. The post was originally shared via Mulvaney's Instagram on Friday where many hateful comments were left. 

"It’s appalling to me that a post about National Women’s Day by Dylan Mulvaney and me would be met with such vitriol and hatred. When I see a newspaper reporting on hatred but calling it 'backlash' I feel it is important to clarify that hatred is hatred, and this kind of hatred is violence. 'Backlash' would imply that people who love or respect Dylan and me didn’t like something we did. This is not backlash. This is hatred," Gaga captioned her own Instagram post on Monday. 




"I feel very protective in this moment, not only of Dylan, but of the trans community who continues to lead the way with their endless grace and inspiration in the face of constant degradation, intolerance, and physical, verbal, and mental violence," Gaga said including a photo of the two of them together.

Mulvaney has been subject to unrelenting transphobic attacks since her brief partnership with Bud Light last year, which sparked a conservative boycott of the beer. Conservatives, including celebrities like Kid Rock, posted viral videos of themselves trashing Bud Light cans, in some cases, even shooting at them. 

After months of ridicule regarding her collaboration, Mulvaney addressed the hate she receieved as a result of it, saying “What transpired from that video was more bullying and transphobia than I could have ever imagined," Mulvaney said. "For months now I’ve been scared to leave my house, I’ve been ridiculed in public, I’ve been followed, and I have felt a loneliness that I wouldn’t wish on anyone."



In Gaga’s recent post, she encourages everyone to treat each other equally, fairly and with dignity. 

While  "I hope all women will come together to honor us ALL for International Women’s Day, and may we do that always until THE DAY that all women are celebrated equally. That all people are celebrated equally. A day where people of all gender identities are celebrated on whichever holiday speaks to them. Because people of all gender identities and races deserve peace and dignity," Gaga said.

"May we all come together and be loving, accepting, warm, welcoming,” she concluded. “May we all stand and honor the complexity and challenge of trans life—that we do not know, but can seek to understand and have compassion for. I love people too much to allow hatred to be referred to as 'backlash.' People deserve better."

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