Fifth Harmony’s Lauren Jauregui offered a virtual hug to her LGBTQ fans this week, doubling down on her support of the community in a series of emotional tweets.
On Monday, Jauregui, who identifies as bisexual, retweeted a series of images that showed people who suggested they’d react with physical and sexual violence if their sons told them they were gay.
“This is such a disgusting display of toxic masculinity and a deep ignorance of the expression of human sexuality,” she wrote. “It is a spectrum that has no shame.”
This is such a disgusting display of toxic masculinity & a deep ignorance of the expression of human sexuality. It is a spectrum that has no shame. It will be painful but it will lead you to your true family. Anyone who can wish this on something they created is deeply troubled. https://t.co/urD1iosDEU— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) February 6, 2018
Jauregui’s tweet began a dialogue with fans and supporters, many of whom shared their own experiences coming to terms with their sexuality.
Do not be terrified. 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. https://t.co/jGtmNkIKdR— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) February 6, 2018
After one fan shared the particularly heart-wrenching experience of being told by a classmate to die as she was putting up Pride Club posters, Jauregui noted:
He doesn’t hate gay people, he hates himself and who he has to pretend to be to be the right kind of “male” https://t.co/mjWQh65YUe— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) February 6, 2018
I’m sorry you had to go through that kind of shame and embarrassment, love. You didn’t deserve it. I️ hope you’ve found people who love you for exactly who you are, because you are perfectly you. https://t.co/UUqmvInyIU— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) February 6, 2018
To an extent. Some people aren’t ever exposed to other opinions and are raised and abused their whole lives by toxic people. We must bring light to ignorance, not cast them further into their shadow selves https://t.co/SD3g4PGCA1— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) February 6, 2018
never forget lady gaga singing "no matter gay, straight or bi, lesbian, transgender life" at the most heterosexual event in the world in front of conservative america. #superbowlpic.twitter.com/nQxVNNk5G6— ً (@fkajack) February 4, 2018
Jauregui has emerged as a staunch LGBTQ rights advocate in recent months. In June, she appeared on Halsey’s hit, “Strangers,” a haunting track that’s been billed as “a love song for the LGBTQ community.”
The star first addressed her sexuality in an open letter that Billboard published in 2016. Identifying herself as a “bisexual Cuban-American woman,” she went on to denounce the rampant misogyny that defined much of President Donald Trump’s campaign.
In March, she advised her LGBTQ fans to “stay true to themselves” in spite of the Trump administration’s discriminatory rhetoric, telling HuffPost, “When you feel comfortable enough or when you find that person that makes you feel comfortable enough, just go into it and embrace it. Don’t allow yourself to be hard on yourself or feel like you’re crazy or wrong.”
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.