Don Cheadle showed his support for transgender kids, and Twitter went wild

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Don Cheadle may play a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but during last night’s Saturday Night Live, the actor proved himself a real-world hero to transgender youth.

Cheadle, who hosted the show last night, introduced the evening’s musical guest, Gary Clark Jr., while  wearing a black t-shirt with the slogan “Protect trans kids” printed on it. While Cheadle didn’t make any other statement to accompany the shirt, his message was perfectly clear.

Twitter erupted with largely positive responses to Cheadle’s attire.

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Cheadle did react to the twitter response, thanking Saturday Night Live for the opportunity, and showing his love for all the support.

Cheadle has been in showbiz since the 1980s. As well as playing War Machine in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—including the upcoming Avengers: Endgame—Cheadle also currently stars in the comedy series Black Monday, about the 1987 stock market crash, on Showtime. 

Trans people and trans youth in particular have faced an uphill battle over the last two years, as the Trump administration has rolled back civil protections, most notably public accommodation rights within the Department of Education under Betsy DeVos.

Many states have also attempted to pass laws opposing transgender student’s rights, including a current attempt in South Dakota to prevent teachers from discussing gender identity or expression in the classroom.

Cheadle also ended the show with another notable outfit change: in that case, he wore a sports jersey emblazoned with “CCCP”—the Russian acronym of the former Soviet Union—along with “Trump” in mock Cyrillic and the number 45, a reference to the president’s pro-Russian leanings.

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