Iggy Azalea Speaks Out For Transgender Equality at Chicago’s Pride in the Park: Watch


Iggy Azalea took a moment during her performance at Chicago's Pride in the Park Saturday (June 29) to speak out on transgender equality.

The Australian rapper, who recently announced details about her long-awaited sophomore album, In My Defense, paused during her set at Butler Field to discuss the meaning and importance of Pride events around the world.

"To a lot of people, you guys are still invisible and you have to fight every day just to be who you are. That’s why we’ve gotta be here tonight because we gotta be loud as f—. This shows you exist and you are valid," Azalea told the crowd.

She then began telling the story of a special fan named Michelle, who is a trans woman of color. "I see the struggle she goes through every day just to be herself just to walk out the door, the shit that I have the privilege to do every day," the rapper said before rattling off some startling statistics.

"I want to read everybody that's going to watch this online statistics quickly about trans people that a lot of people need to hear. 50 percent of trans people have been raped or sexually assaulted. 41 percent of trans people have attempted suicide. 80 percent of trans students feel unsafe at school."

Azalea went on to reveal that so far this year, 11 trans woman of color have died, and noted that Michelle, as a trans woman of color, has a life expectancy of 35 years old.

Watch her moving speech below.