Belinda Carlisle blasts Gov. Bryant; Urges repeal of HB 1523

Belinda Carlisle blasts Gov. Bryant; Urges repeal of HB 1523

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - World-renowned pop star Belinda Carlisle is joining the chorus of voices calling for the repeal of Mississippi's Religious Liberty Accommodations Act.

Carlisle penned an open letter to Gov. Phil Bryant on Tuesday to voice her frustration with what she calls "devastating attacks" against the state's LGBT community.

"Governor Bryant, you and those around you are making life hell on earth for many Mississippians," Carlisle wrote.

Carlisle also said she will not follow suit with many musical artists who have canceled acts in the Magnolia State since HB 1523 was signed into law two weeks ago.

Instead, she will move forward with her performance at the IP Casino this Saturday to address the issues facing the LGBT community in Mississippi.

You can read Carlisle's full letter to the governor here:

Governor Bryant,

The Rev. Brandiilyne Mangum-Dear, Pastor of Joshua Generation Metropolitan Community Church in Hattiesburg, and Kaylee Bradshaw, an administrative assistant at the church, have issued statements that voice their own displeasure with the controversial legislation.

"There is nothing Christian about casting out those in need -- that, my dear governor, is the true sin of Sodom," said Mangum-Dear. "Jesus spoke of loving thy neighbor, not discriminating against them. So tell me again, why are you?"

"As people of faith, we know that this effort is not of God -- and as a black transgender woman, I know that my destiny is not limited by this hateful act. My existence is my resistance -- and I will work every day to ensure that my LGBTQ family has a safe and welcoming community of faith to gather, to mourn to celebrate, and to organize in the face of ignorance and hatred," said Bradshaw.

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