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Lauren Jauregui is the bisexual superstar my generation needs

May 15, 2018

I was only 14 years old when Simon Cowell worked to assemble the female pop sensation Fifth Harmony. Now I’m almost 21 and the group is on indefinite hiatus, but I'm an even bigger fan than I was six years ago.

Over those seven years, something happened: I became a super stan of Fifth Harmony member Lauren Jauregui. In November 2016, when Jauregui wrote an open letter to Trump supporters entitled “I Am a Bisexual Cuban-American Woman and I Am So Proud of It,” I knew that I’d stan her forever.

In the letter, published on Billboard, Jauregui called out the hypocrites: The Trump supporters who claim to have voted for Trump not because of his racism, homophobia, sexism, and xenophobia, but because he didn’t care about “political correctness.” Jauregui responded by stating that our political correctness is not something to disregard; it's social etiquette and a testament to how highly we value each other and our complex communities.

She fearlessly demanded that Trump supporters look beyond themselves and acknowledge our existences, “We are not ‘whining’ about our presidential choice losing, we are screaming battle cries against those whose political and personal agendas threaten our lives and sanity. We are making sure you hear us, no matter how much it bothers you, we EXIST.”

The letter really resonated with me, and many young, queer women of color, because we’re in desperate need of positive and accurate representation. I couldn’t be more thrilled that Jauregui exists to fill that position. Jauregui announcing that she’s proud to be part of three different marginalized groups was no easy feat, especially being just 20 years old and in the public eye. But her desire to use her platform in a way that unites people in the face of adversity is admirable and shows a courage that the world needs more of.

Jauregui’s open letter to Trump supporters was just the beginning. She’s since supported and attended the first Women’s March in D.C., partnered in efforts with GLAAD, Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, continuously promoted and supported efforts to protect trans folks, defended black lives, honored late LGBTQ+ heroes, marched at March for Our Lives, and even wrote another open letter calling out Trump’s immigrant ban, all while touring with and working on music for Fifth Harmony and her solo endeavors. This goes to show that if someone as hardworking and busy as Lauren Jauregui can find time to use her voice for the things that matter, any of us can.

In fact, she even stated in a recent interview with Playboy, “It’s so crazy how little people know about what they can do, about their rights, what they’re putting into their bodies and everything that’s going on globally.” She sees the impact our single voices can have and encourages fans to speak up and out as well.

And politics aside, whenever Lauren puts out her first EP or album, I know it’ll be full of chart toppers because that’s all that we’ve seen from her in the past. Whether it’s “Back To Me”, her collaboration with Marian Hill, “All Night” her song with Steve Aoki, or “Strangers” with Halsey, a bisexual anthem, Jauregui’s solo career is just starting and I can’t wait to see more of her.

I stan Lauren Jauregui because she’s a musician, artist, and public figure, but also an activist. She’s the epitome of what it means to use your platform and voice for something bigger and more important than yourself. She never shies away from a situation in which she believes there’s injustice. I can identify with Lauren because most of the protests that I’ve been a part of she’s been right there, too, showing that what’s really important is united grassroot efforts. I’ve always believed in standing up for those who can’t stand for themselves and I love that Lauren feels the same.

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Corinne Beverly is a GLAAD Campus Ambassador and sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University studying psychology and world religions. Corinne is a volunteer with the Shepherd’s Way Relief Center in Richmond, VA. 

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