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Vampyre Cosmetics Takes Stand for LGBTQIA+ Rights and Healthcare Access

Alice Cooper’s Makeup Line Dropped After Controversial Anti-Trans Comments

By Dolores Quintana

Alice Cooper’s makeup products, which were launched in partnership with Vampyre Cosmetics, have been removed from the cosmetics brand’s website following the rock singer’s recent controversial comments regarding transgender issues. In an interview published by Stereogum, Cooper expressed his views on medical care for transgender youth, raising concerns and using common anti-trans rhetoric. Vampyre Cosmetics states on its website that the brand is “women-owned, disabled-owned, and LGBT+ owned.”

Cooper questioned the best-practice medical care for transgender youth, stating that he believed it might be a passing trend. He expressed skepticism about children’s ability to make decisions about their gender identity, saying, “I find it wrong when you’ve got a 6-year-old kid who has no idea. He just wants to play, and you’re confusing him by telling him, ‘Yeah, you’re a boy, but you could be a girl if you want to be.” 

He went on to make an analogy involving identifying as a tree, suggesting that the situation had become absurd. It’s important to note that research has shown that gender-affirming care significantly reduces depression and suicide rates among transgender youth.

Cooper also made controversial comments about access to public bathrooms, implying that allowing transgender individuals to use facilities corresponding to their gender identity would lead to violent crimes. He expressed concerns about the potential exploitation of such policies and stated, “A guy can walk into a woman’s bathroom at any time and just say, ‘I just feel like I’m a woman today’ and have the time of his life in there… Somebody’s going to get raped.”

In response to Cooper’s remarks, Vampyre Cosmetics issued a statement on social media, announcing the termination of their makeup collaboration with the singer. The statement read, “In light of recent statements by Alice Cooper, we will no longer be doing a makeup collaboration. We stand with all members of the LGBTQIA+ community and believe everyone should have access to healthcare. All pre-order sales will be refunded.”

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