Big Freedia has had enough of the continued gun violence in America — and once again, she’s using her platform to try and bring an end to it.
In a new video from Everytown for Gun Safety, the nonprofit organization advocating for gun control in America, Freedia shared her story of surviving gun violence. “I was a victim of gun violence; I was shot,” she said in the clip. “It affected my arm, the way that my arm operates, it affected the way that I felt about my community … even just going outside, it took me to a place that I didn’t want to go.”
The Queen of Bounce also took a moment to talk about how gun violence has affected LGBTQ people, pointing out the disproportionate number of transgender women that are targeted with guns. “I’ve been feeling this loss for a very long time in my community, especially in the LGBTQ community as well,” she said. “We’re losing all our different transgender women, we’re losing gay guys, lesbians. I feel it in so many different directions in my community, and I’m just so sick of it.”
This isn’t the first time Freedia has spoken up about her experience with gun violence. In her 2020 documentary Freedia Got a Gun, the star detailed not only her personal experience with gun violence, but also her fight to try and bring an end to the epidemic of gun-related deaths in America.
“The trauma of gun violence doesn’t end when or where the bullet stops. Shootings leave physical and emotional scar tissue, and that trauma has consequences for our loved ones and communities,” Freedia tells Billboard of her experience with gun violence. “Young people and marginalized communities, especially Black trans women, continue to bear the brunt of violence in this country. I’m choosing to share my story during National Gun Violence Survivors Week because we can’t go on like this.”
Freedia worked in tandem with Everytown on this video to help promote National Gun Violence Survivors Week, which started on Monday (Feb. 1) with over 370 survivors penning a letter to Congress. The letter expresses the survivors’ support after Congress underwent the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, while also continuing to advocate for gun reform.
Check out Freedia’s full video below: