While America’s most impeachable president prepares to address Congress, the nation, and the world tonight with his 2020 State of the Union, someone you actually want to listen to has something to say. Billy Porter—professional trophy snatcher, fashion icon, and national treasure—teamed up again with Logo to deliver our very own State of the Union, reflecting on the challenges and triumphs that LGBTQ people are experiencing around the world.
“Last year, I told you that the state of our union was strong, and while it certainly has been battered, our union is far from broken,” Porter says. “Now, in 2020, our responsibility as citizens has never been more evident.”
Porter goes on to describe the threat posed to LGBTQ lives by the Trump Administration, including how it has expanded the “conscience rule,” which allows health-care workers to discriminate against queer people and which has gutted protections for federally funded homeless shelters for trans people.
“And his disdain for our rights has been demonstrated up and down the federal benches he’s packed with anti-LGBTQ judges whose influence will be felt long after Trump has left office,” Porter continues.
Though he paints a dire picture, Porter also emphasizes the great deal of progress we’ve made in the past year.
“I’ve been so proud to see the wave of everyday citizens protesting in the streets, engaging with their local governments, running for office, and speaking out in hopes of righting the wrongs occurring all around them,” Porter says. “Groundbreaking works of art, theater, and literature from queer creative minds and increasingly rich and diverse representation on television and in films prove that even in its darkest moments, humanity will find the light. And shine bright.”
Check out the entire 2020 LGBTQ State of the Union below: