On Tuesday (April 16), LGBTQ advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign posted a new video starring singer-songwriter Shea Diamond, in which the star demands that Congress pass the Equality Act as a part of the HRC’s “Americans for the Equality Act” campaign.
In the video, directed by Dustin Lance Black and Paris Barclay, Diamond speaks about how she felt she had to leave her hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, for New York City because she knew in her home, she had no protection against discrimination under the law as a transgender woman. “It was going to New York and having an opportunity there that I realized some states actually fight for the protections of other people,” she says.
The star added that as a touring artist, she isn’t willing to perform in states where she has no legal protection against violence or discrimination. “When I go into these places, I know what I’m going to experience,” she says. “I’m going to experience some type of violence, whether I’m misgendered, or harassed, or someone’s going to throw their Bible at me and tell me that I don’t have the same God-given rights as everyone else.”