Broadway legend Patti LuPone gets emotional over ‘upsetting’ anti-LGBTQ+ legislation: ‘I could cry’
Legendary star of stage and screen Patti LuPone has expressed her fury at ongoing right-wing efforts to marginalise LGBTQ+ people across the US.
During an appearance on US chat show The View on Tuesday (18 April), the 73-year-old told the panellists that she felt the country was heading in a “dangerous” direction when it comes to anti-LGBTQ+ hatred.
Asked to comment on Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis and his crackdown against queer people, LuPone said that she found it “extremely upsetting”.
“These are human beings,” she explained, appearing visibly emotional. “I could cry. They’re not harming anybody.”
The law prevents discussions of sexual orientation or gender identity in classrooms for children up to the age of 14.
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“I don’t know why he’s doing this,” LuPone said, before equating the Christian right-wing in the US to Afghanistan’s extremist Islamic ruling group, the Taliban.
“I’ve said this before, and I’m going to get in trouble – I don’t know what the difference is between our Christian Right and the Taliban. I have no idea what the difference is,” the Sunset Boulevard star added.
“What’s happening in this country right now in the name of religion is so dangerous. It’s not the country. It’s not America.
“When we were growing up, it was a democracy. Now it’s in such danger. It’s so upsetting.”
Florida is just one of numerous states across the US that are introducing and passing legislation aimed at curbing rights for LGBTQ+ people.
In the last few weeks alone, Missouri introduced an anti-trans rule that limits gender-affirming healthcare for all ages, while North Dakota set a horrifying record for the highest number of anti-LGBTQ+ bills passed in one one day.
Last month, Tennessee became the first US state to outlaw drag performances in public.
LuPone, who is only an Emmy away from achieving EGOT status, joins a rapidly rising number of celebrities speaking out against anti-LGBTQ+ hatred.
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