Paul Stanley is offering some support for the LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month.
Stanley was tracked down by TMZ was asked if he had a message for the transgender community. He said, “I think everybody has a right to be who they are. Life’s too short to be anyone else. Everyone should celebrate who they are. Be proud of who you are as long as it’s something worth being proud of.”
When the TMZ cameraperson says being transgender is worth being proud of, Stanley responds, “What’s the criteria for being proud is being a good person, not transgender or any other gender.”
Last month, Stanley came under fire for sharing his thoughts on parents obtaining gender-affirming care for their trans children. He said, in part, ” … Some adults mistakenly confuse teaching acceptance with normalizing and encouraging a situation that has been a struggle for those truly affected and have turned it into a sad and dangerous fad.”
Days later, Stanley walked back his comments saying, “While my thoughts were clear, my words clearly were not. Most importantly and above all else, I support those struggling with their sexual identity while enduring constant hostility and those whose path leads them to reassignment surgery. It’s hard to fathom the kind of conviction that one must feel to take those steps. A paragraph or two will remain far too short to fully convey my thoughts or point of view so I will leave that for another time and place.”
An op-ed written by the parents of trans children is below that delves deeper into Stanley’s initial comments about gender-affirming care.