Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and More Praise Kim Petras for Posing in Front of Churchgoers Protesting Her Show
By Desiree Murphy
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Kim Petras knows her celebrity pals will always have her back!
On Sunday, the "Icy" singer made a bold response to anti-LGBTQ Westboro Baptist churchgoers protesting her show at The Truman in Kansas City. Rocking a black thong bodysuit with fishnet stockings and over-the-knee boots, the transgender pop star unashamedly posed in front of the protestors, and documented the epic move on social media.
"Next opening act, the Westboro Baptist Church," she joked on her Instagram Stories.
"Update. Hoes still mad...," she added, in a caption of a pic and video posted to her feed.
Petras' celebrity pals were quick to comment, showing their support and praising her for the powerful response, which speaks loud and clear for the importance of equality and inclusivity. "YAAASSSS," wrote Demi Lovato, with stylist Johnny Wujek adding, "My hero."
Meanwhile, Katy Perry called Petras an "icon," while Tyler Oakley wrote, "This is holy to me."
This isn't the first time Petras has called out the Westboro Baptist Church, however. When she heard the hate group was planning to protest her show, she shared a video montage set to Famous Dex's "Hoes Mad."
"This is my official statement on wbc picketing my show in Kansas City tomorrow," she captioned the vid. "This is the energy I'm bringing n it should be yours too 💓."
"Stay winning bb girl," Madison Beer commented at the time, with Tinashe writing "Yuppppp."
When ET caught up with Petras over the summer (backstage during the Hollywood stop on her Broken Tour), she said she just wants "to be taken seriously as an artist and be a trans girl at the same time."
"I'm transgender. I'm part of the community," she said at the time. "I feel like I was born and raised in a gay club. Like, all my friends are gay. I only went to gay clubs ever. My first whole era was dedicated to writing gay club classics."
"I just feel really passionate about transgender kids and transgender people in general. Cause I was one of them. And it was really hard," she added. "It's a hard thing to go through and a hard thing to go to school with. There's a very high suicide rate which is very, very sad. And I just really care deeply."
Petras admitted that opening up about her gender identity and transition in the beginning of her career was difficult. But now? She's not apologizing.
"I don't care [about] whatever people say," she said. "I wanna be a voice for transgender people. And that's really close to my heart."
Hear more from the exclusive chat in the video below.