Charles Barkley Sends Supportive Message To The LGBTQ Community In Viral Video: If You Are Gay Or Transgender, I Love You!
NBA legend Charles Barkley is showcasing his unconditional support for the LGBTQ+ community.
According to reports, the former Lakers giant was attending a casino hotel event in Nevada when he felt moved to openly disparage critics of the LGBT movement. Charles Barkley, 59, took to the stage with a message of love and support for the group, who are often targets of hate. Speaking to the crowd, he stated:
“If you’re gay or transgender, I love you. And if anyone gives you any s**t, tell em Charles says f**k you!”
Charles Barkley: “If you are gay or transgender, I love you. And if anybody gives you sh*t, you tell em Charles says ‘f**k you!’”
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 16, 2022
Video footage of the moment shows Barkley being met with applause after the short speech. However this isn’t the first instance of the hoop star publicly supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Back in 2020, the legendary athlete spoke about being an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights. Speaking on North Carolina’s controversial bathroom bill, which made it illegal for transgender people to use public restrooms according to their gender identity, he stated:
“I hated the ‘bathroom bill….So I went to my boss and said, ‘Hey boss, I’m gonna sit out of the All-Star Game,”
“‘I don’t want to to take away from the All-Star Game, but I’m gonna sit out the All-Star Game.'”
“I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.”
Barley has not made any public comments about the video since going viral.
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