We all know people take Beyoncé super seriously, but one activist is mad Bey didn’t speak out in favor of an equal rights ordinance that failed to win support in Houston on Tuesday.

The law, that would have prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and other characteristics, was rejected by a wide 2-1 margin during the city’s elections. In spite of the rout, , the LGBT Program Director at Media Matters, thinks Beyoncé’s support could have led to a different outcome. 

In an op-ed published by the Huffington Post, Maza argues Beyoncé “ignored the LGBT community” in her hometown.

It kills me to write this post. I have spent more time worshiping Beyoncé than just about any other pop star. I’ve spent countless hours dancing to “Grown Woman” alone in my apartment. I’ve been the only guy in a dance class aimed at teaching the “Single Ladies” dance, and I loved every second of it. Beyoncé has been queen in my life since the first time I watched the “Crazy In Love” video.


Over the past few months, Beyoncé has repeatedly refused the opportunity to speak out against the legalization of discrimination against LGBT people in her hometown. And as hard as it is to say this, her refusal should raise serious questions about her support for her gay, bisexual and transgender fans.

Over the past few months, Maza says he attempted to reach out to Beyoncé or her reps to see if she’d speak out on the issue, but he struck out.

“Despite repeated requests for help from HERO supporters in Houston, Beyoncé declined to comment,” Maza says, before slamming the singer for posting vacation pictures to Instagram during the campaign.

While Beyoncé has quietly lent her support for LGBTQ rights and the #BlackLivesMatter movement (she and Jay-Z bailed out protesters), the pop star usually shies away from publicly weighing in on controversial issues, or many issues at all. Despite this, Maza seems to think Bey’s voice could have swayed the powerful anti-HERO campaign, which used scare tactics about “cross dressing men” attacking unsuspecting women and girls in bathrooms to defeat the ordinance.

Though Maza conceded “no celebrity is obligated to weigh in on social issues,” others thought his critique of Beyoncé was unfair and unnecessary.

Others wondered why some activists tend to blame Black folks when anti-discrimination laws don’t pass (ehem, California’s Prop 8), while they remain silent about issues affecting the Black LGBTQ community.

And then there was this:

I totally understand Maza’s desire for his favorite celebrity to also be socially active and outspoken, but not even Beyoncé and her magical onsies can overcome systematic discrimination all on her own.

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  • Den Un

    I like that Clutch added the perception non black LGBT folks have of blacks; so magical in our political prowess and utlimately to blame for their failed political efforts. I steer clear of mainstream lgbt politics because they aren’t inclusive or reciprocately to black people, lgbt or otherwise.

  • Lelani

    “Her magical onsies,” lmao. Not to laugh at serious issues, but there needs to be more intersectionianilty with different groups. If the LGBT community want black support, they also have to be supportive of issues that affect women and people of color, etc.

    • Noirluv45

      Lelani, so true. What I’ve learned over the years is that many in the LGBT community are racists and the only reason it gets so much support is because the discrimination is directed at White people. They couldn’t care less about Black or POC LGBT people.

    • Exactly.

    • Lelani

      Truth. This one tried to act like he was coming for Beyoncé, but we know it was a dig at the larger black community.

    • Noirluv45

      Yep, it sure was!

  • Mico

    I’m confused, why is this bill just being touted as for the lgbt community, when it’s for all minorities. Is it because the lgbt is being added onto it or something? And I thought this was already officially a federal law. I do agree with others that the lgbtq community is very hypocritical both in their scapegoating of black ppl for all the phobias and in their continued lack of support, erasure, and further oppression of those who are lgbtq and also members of other minority groups. Lastly I am confused….why Beyonce???? Is she the only major musician/celebrity from Texas? I’m just confused….

  • Kels99

    Or maybe Beyonce, like most women, isn’t too keen on grown ass men having the legal right to come into the women’s restroom and expose themselves to her and her daughter.