Halsey often speaks up for the LGBTQ community, one that she is proudly a part of as a bisexual woman. Whether she’s calling out homophobic behavior or writing messages of support to her fans, the star has always proudly claimed her space as a queer woman.
On Monday night (June 10), Halsey continued that tradition of outspokenness during her intimate show at London’s Electric Ballroom. The singer took to the stage wearing a T-shirt bearing a photo of a gay couple who were assaulted in London just a few days prior. The back of her shirt read, “Fuck Your Straight Pride.”
The couple displayed on her shirt are Melania Geyamont and her girlfriend Chris, a couple who claimed that they were beaten on a London bus by a group of young men. According to a Facebook post from Geymonat, the group of at least four men began demanding that she and her girlfriend kiss for them on the night of May 30, and allegedly began beating both of them when they refused. Since the incident, five teenage boys have been arrested in connection with what the London police are calling the “homophobic attack,” according to The New York Times.
Along with displaying a photograph of the couple on her shirt, Halsey also took a moment to address the ever-present fear of danger the LGBTQ community is forced to feel, even during Pride month. “When the glitter is being swept out of the streets, a lot of people get on those trains and on those buses, and they try to wash the rainbows off their bodies,” she said in fan-captured footage, which she later retweeted. “Because when Pride is over, it’s not safe to be gay.”
The star continued, calling out those who want “straight pride” parades around the country for their ignorance. “When people around the world ask the question, ‘Why isn’t there a straight pride parade?’” she said. “The answer is because if there was one, you wouldn’t have to get on the bus and be terrified of getting fucking beaten or killed…every fucking day on public transport is a straight pride parade.”
Toward the end of the clip, a fan tossed Halsey a rainbow flag, which she caught and wrapped around herself before asking her queer fans to chant with her. “If you are in this crowd and you are queer, you need to make a promise to me,” she said. “You need to promise me that you will not be afraid. Say it with me, ‘I will not be afraid!’”
Check out Halsey’s shirt and her full speech below:
Halsey wore the victims of the homophobic attack on her shirt with “fuck your straight pride” on the back last night. Her advocacy for the #LGBTQ community is so important and so necessary –?– pic.twitter.com/gAgSVyw1nr
— ?????? // ?????? ????????? (@HopelessMinutes) June 11, 2019
Halsey getting a room full of queer kids to scream “I WILL NOT BE AFRAID” after two women were beaten for being gay in the exact same town she’s performing in. She’s wearing a shirt with their faces on the front, and “FUCK YOUR STRAIGHT PRIDE” on the back. pic.twitter.com/VssWprS3gX
— Sucker!! (AKA Becca!!) (@iamsuckeriam) June 10, 2019