Reneé Rapp Urges ‘Immediate, Permanent’ Ceasefire in Gaza at GLAAD Media Awards

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Reneé Rapp is the latest celebrity to call for a permanent ceasefire in Gaza, following an Oscars 2024 where some stars wore Artists4Ceasefire and Palestinian flag pins.

At the GLAAD Media Awards on Thursday, March 14, Reneé Rapp accepted an award for outstanding music artist. During her speech, she called attention to the room full of “influential and privileged people” and how exciting it was for her. “It's a huge privilege to be a part of that,” she said. “Having said that, I'd like to take the opportunity and call for an immediate ceasefire and permanent ceasefire in Gaza. Continue to advocate for yourselves, continue to advocate for your friends, for your queer friends, and for those who can't advocate for themselves.”

The death toll in Gaza has continued to rise as more than 31,184 Palestinians have been killed and 72,889 injured in Israel's ongoing incursion since Oct. 7th, when Hamas attacked Israel, killing more than 1,000 people and taking more than 200 others hostage. A Gaza Health Ministry report this week shared that 12,300 children have been killed in Gaza in those months, more than the number of children killed around the world in conflicts from 2019 to 2022, per UNWRA.

Israel and Palestine weren't the only urgent matters discussed at the GLAAD Awards. The Hollywood Reporter noted that elsewhere in the night, GLAAD CEO and President Sarah Kate Ellis referenced Nex Benedict, the 16-year-old Oklahoma student who was beaten by three classmates in an Owasso High School bathroom, then died the next day. Benedict identified within the Two Spirit, transgender, and gender nonconforming (2STGNC) umbrella, Teen Vogue reported in February.

“We have to keep telling our stories, raising our voices, pushing back on the rhetoric,” Ellis said, urging viewers to vote against anti-trans lawmakers. “Folks, this is not a fire drill. This is the actual fire."

Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue

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