Cher took to Twitter this week to defend her son Chaz Bono, who is transgender, in response to reports that the Trump administration is drafting a new policy under which transgender people would not be recognized.
According to the New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort that seeks to define a person’s gender solely based on a person’s genitalia at birth, either male or female, and would not allow gender to be changed once initially assigned.
A memo the Times obtained states that gender should be determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”
Furthermore, if passed, the policy would require anyone disputing their assigned sex to undergo genetic testing.
Cher, a staunch advocate for the LGBT community, did not mince words in her tweets condemning the proposal while defending her son:
Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence via @NYTimes
Fk These Ppl.Will MY SON Be Sent To INTERNMENT CAMP 2 Live with LATINO Children,& Be Kept In Cages in Places where??Cant See Them.THIS IS”HIS CODE”4,..MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR #MBS https://t.co/UrXYSo5vK5
— Cher (@cher) October 21, 2018
The iconic singer urged liberals to vote “like your life depends on it” next month:
Warning LGBT Friends.They Wont be happy till You’re Gone?.Might Seem I’m BeingAlarmist,But It’s Been Coming Since The Ride Down The Escalator.he WANTS EVERYTHING PRES OBAMA DID,WIPPED OFF FACE OF THE EARTH??.
IM BEGGING YOU??VOTE LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT,
— Cher (@cher) October 21, 2018
And when this Twitter user came to Chaz Bono’s defense, Cher wrote about her son’s character in contrast to that of President Trump’s:
Trump and his minions are so Hateful! We need to get the millenials out to vote! You can tell them how important this election is. Your son on dancing with stars is why I started following you. They were treating him not fairly, love that you speak out!
— Karen (@salukikaren) October 21, 2018
MY BELOVED SON CHAZ IS HONORABLE,BRAVE,FUNNY,
TALENTED,A CONCERNED CITIZEN,A JOY 2 HANG OUT WITH.HE CARES ABOUT ALL PPL.??&?.HE’S OWED
RESPECT,LIKE ALL TRANS PPL.
trump doesn’t understand Basic decency.He’s driven by?, power,?,vitriol,vanity
— Cher (@cher) October 22, 2018
Chaz also shared his feelings on the matter:
I can’t begin to express the rage I feel toward an administration that is trying to redefine me out of existence. Just another gift for his small minded base, terrified of the diversity that has always made America exceptional! #Vote https://t.co/OrAPEnaK9r
— Chaz Bono (@ChazBono) October 21, 2018
Commenters were equally enraged by the policy:
What I can't fathom is why so many folks are obsessed, yes obsessed, with other folks' gender and sexuality. How is it even any of their business?
— Dragon.Fly (@Beccie0725) October 21, 2018
1) Since when do they believe in science? 2) When they can identify as human maybe then they can talk about others.
— ? Nanner ? (@NannerFL) October 21, 2018
I dont understand how they dont understand… it's not a choice, it's not an illness it's not anything more than people being their true selves! We should celebrate that, not persecute. Fuck trump!
— nessa ? (@4_eyes) October 21, 2018
Been feeling this since Orange turd got voted in…actually very hard on my health..have had to disconnect from news and focus on my spouse and furry kids and try to let go of this simmering anger, but it is just not working. VOTE VOTE VOTE
— Dianthus (@Gettinggray) October 21, 2018
Some commenters vowed to do their part in the upcoming election:
I’m voting blue all the way to do my part! This has to stop. I hope everyone else is too! Time for a change
— italflyboy#CherCrew (@correale_mike) October 21, 2018
And others expressed gratitude to Cher for being so outspoken:
Thank you for always supporting us, I know you love the boys more…but all LGBT appreciates you. Thank you Queen.
— ?Sallee #chercrew ? (@TwinFlames11) October 21, 2018
Hi. I know she'll be fine .. but I'm so concerned about Cher.. her passion for people is so strong she hates politics and yet here she is so LOYAL TO ALL OF AMERICAN AND THIS CRAZY ?.. TO ME THAT SHOWS THE GREATEST LOVE THERE IS…
— Angela pilgrim (@Angelapilgrim1) October 21, 2018
Yep like I keep saying Cher is so damn amazing‼️?????
— CINDY?CHERCREW??? (@Sunshine6516) October 21, 2018
Election Day is Tuesday, November 6.