Oprah Winfrey has spoken out about LGBTQ+ rights in the US and warned that the community is “under attack” there. Speaking at the graduation ceremony of Tennessee State University’s (TSU) class of 2023 on 6 May, the iconic talk show host and presenter urged listeners to remember that “there will never be anything in your life as fulfilling as making a difference in somebody else’s.” “You’ve witnessed the storming of the Capitol and the death of civility,” she explained. “You’re acutely aware that voting rights are being gutted.
Women’s rights are being dismantled, books are being banned, history is being rewritten. The Supreme Court is being corrupted…the LGBT+ community is under attack.” She continued: “The leaders are behaving like children.
Children are being gunned down by military-grade assault rifles. We live on a planet where there’s more than enough wrong to keep you busy trying to make things right for the rest of your natural life.” READ MORE: Drag Isn’t Dangerous telethon raises $500,000 to fight anti-LGBTQ+ laws Oprah, who attended TSU herself, also told the crowd to “start by being good to at least one other person every single day” in order to drive positive change as graduates.
More than 500 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced this year alone The speech comes at a time when anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric is on the rise.