Cecily Strong wears "Trans rights are human rights" T-shirt during 'SNL' curtain call

Cecily Strong wears "Trans rights are human rights" T-shirt during 'SNL' curtain call
Source: SNL
Source: SNL

This week's Saturday Night Live was chock-full of memorable moments including the debut of Ivanka Trump's "Complicit" perfume and a sketch showing viewers a future in which an entirely unprepared Donald Trump faces an alien attack.

A lesser talked about moment happened after the show, during SNL's curtain call. Sandwiched between host Scarlett Johansson and musical guest Lorde, stood Cecily Strong wearing a five-word statement emblazoned on her chest: "Trans rights are human rights."

The small but poignant gesture was likely in response to an epidemic of deadly transphobic violence: In the first two months of 2017, seven transgender women of color were reported killed. 

Saturday Night Live doesn't exactly have a great track record when it comes to advocating for transgender people. Weekend Update host Colin Jost faced fervent backlash in November for a joke making light of gender identity. 

Nonetheless, Strong wearing an explicitly pro-trans-rights T-shirt (a variation of which can be purchased here for $30) on a stage as far-reaching as SNL's is a big damn deal.

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Evan Ross Katz

Evan Ross Katz is Mic's style editor. He previously served as managing editor for Logo's NewNowNext. Bylines: The Advocate, Refinery29, Men's Health, Thrillist, Out, Men's Fitness, Instinct, F*cking Young, Schön, Essential Homme, The Manual, and WetPaint.

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