Don Cheadle hosted Saturday Night Live this week, but it isn’t his hilarious sketches that have generated buzz on social media—rather it’s his wardrobe choice, which made a powerful statement about transgender youth.
During the introduction for blues musician Gary Clark Jr., the 54-year-old changed into a black T-shirt with the words “Protect trans kids” written across the front.
Despite only wearing the shirt for a few seconds, Twitter is teaming with support and praise from people who commend Cheadle for taking a stand for transgender kids in America.
“@DonCheadle, as a trans civil rights pioneer, this is what we are fighting for! #ProtectTransKids #AlliesThatFuckingGetIt thanks for making a stand! Love you so much!” one user wrote.
Another parent said, “It fills my heart to see you using your platform to support kids like mine, I cannot express how much it means to all of us who love a transgender kid to know that our kids matter to people outside of our small worlds.”
The National Center for Transgender Equality also chimed in, tweeting, “Trans kids have a (super)hero in their corner now. Thank you @DonCheadle for using your platform to make such an important statement,” with the hashtags #ProtectTransKids and #WontBeErased.
Cheadle then responded to all of the attention on Twitter on Sunday. The actor and activist said, “I awoke to so much support and love!! thank you @nbcsnl for the opportunity to play and pay respect and throw shade in an historic space in an historic time. keep fighting, y’all. evil grows in the dark.”
— Piper Perabo (@PiperPerabo) February 17, 2019