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Lizzo wants her music to make black trans women feel good

Lizzo on the cover of Rolling Stone
Lizzo on the cover of Rolling StonePhoto: Rolling Stone

The musician Lizzo told Rolling Stone magazine that she wants black, transgender women to feel good when hearing her music.

The “Truth Hurts” singer appears on the cover of the February issue of Rolling Stone after receiving eight Grammy nominations this year, including the coveted awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year.

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She said in the accompanying interview that she said, “As a black woman, I make music for people, from an experience that is from a black woman.”

“I’m making music that hopefully makes other people feel good and helps me discover self-love,” she continued. “That message I want to go directly to black women, big black women, black trans women. Period.”

The topic came up after Lizzo discussed the criticism she has faced since many of the people who listen to her music are white women.

“Yeah, there’s hella white people at my shows,” she told Rolling Stone. “What am I gonna do, turn them away? My music is for everybody.”

This isn’t the first time Lizzo has spoken out for transgender people.

Last year at Sacramento Pride, she stood in front of a person holding a trans flag with the words “trans lives” on it and said, “Black lives matter. Trans lives matter. And if we’re going to celebrate Pride, then we need to keep that energy alive 365.”

Also, while performing on NPR’s Tiny Desk series last year, she remembered to shout out to non-binary people.

“N***as ain’t s**t sometimes,” she said in between songs. “B***hes ain’t s**t sometimes too. And all the non-conforming genders in between, you can all ain’t be s**t too. Love is love, man. Love is love. Love is love.”

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