The first organisation to receive a donation from the singer is the Marsha P. Johnson Institute
BY ELLA GAUCI, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM (@LIZZO)
The superstar singer Lizzo has proven once again why she’s one of our favourite allies. As a way to celebrate Juneteenth – which marks the end of slavery in the US – Lizzo launched her fourth Juneteenth Giveback campaign.
Each year Lizzo has provided support for black-owned non-profit organisations, and this year she kicked it off by donating $50,000 to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute. The organisation protects and supports Black trans people in memory of the iconic trans activist Marsha P. Johnson.
In a video posted to her Instagram, Lizzo went on to explain why the work of the Institute was so important for the community. “It protects and defends the human rights of Black, transgender people. They do this by organising community, advocating for the people and creating a healing community, developing transformative leadership and promoting collective power.”
“The violent and preventable nature of these deaths directly connects to the exclusion of Black trans people from social justice issues, namely racial gender and reproductive justice, as well as gun violence reform.”
The About Damn Time singer has also released a new inclusive brand of clothing called Yitty which has designs featuring the slogan “Everybody’s Gay”.
The second organisation to receive a donation as part of her Giveback campaign is Black Girl Smile who provide mental health support and empowerment for Black girls and young women.
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