When One User Shared How Devastating Homophobia Can Be, This Fifth Harmony Member Stepped Up

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On Monday, a user on Twitter asked “What will you do if your son comes out as GAY?” The responses that flooded ranged in severity, from one user insisting corrective rape would reverse their sexual orientation, to another claiming they would murder their child. It was enough to dishearten one user so much that he commented on the thread to say “this is why we (LGBTQ+) commit suicide.”

It didn’t take long for this user’s eye-opening response to catch the attention of singer Lauren Jauregui.

The Fifth Harmony member responded to the tweet in a display of solidarity.

Jauregui who has been an open and active advocate for LGBTQ rights throughout her career, turned the negative post into an opportunity to support and encourage her fans. After one user tweeted that the thread had triggered her fears of coming out to her family, Jauregui came in with love and comfort.

“Do not be terrified,” Jauregui told her. “Your truth is not shameful, and anyone who shames you for living your truth only does it because they are ashamed of who they are.”

The singer took time to respond to several users who expressed their concerns about the now viral homophobic thread.

This is not Jauregui’s first time standing up for the LGBTQ+ community.

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In 2016, the openly bisexual Cuban-American addressed the Trump administration in a candid letter published in Billboard, and shamed them for the vitriol that they spread throughout the 2016 campaign.

“You voted for a person who built an 18-month campaign off the back of your hatred. He manipulated ALL of you with such ease by speaking to the darker parts of you that had started to feel ashamed about the way you viewed the ‘politically correct’ world,” she wrote.

It was in this same letter that Jauregui came out to fans.

“I am a bisexual Cuban-American woman and I am so proud of it, ” she wrote. “I am proud to be part of a community that only projects love and education and the support of one another.”

Jauregui continued, “I am proud to feel the whole spectrum of my feelings and I will gladly take the label of ‘bitch’ and ‘problematic’ for speaking my mind… But, I will also extend the fullest hand of compassion and empathy for anyone labeling me as such.”

The singer’s role in spreading messages of  resistance amongst members of the  LGBTQ+ community has had a huge impact on her fans.

Jauregui has been doing her part to encourage pride, resilience, and self-assertiveness amongst her LGBTQ+ fans. Soon after the election of Donald Trump, she used her platform once again to directly send fans messages of love and support.

“Love yourself and be yourself. It’s beautiful.”


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