Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney hit out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson as she made a defiant speech during Trans+ Pride in London on Saturday following his resignation.
The actress, 18 – who plays Elle Argent in the Netflix series and who is set to appear in Doctor Who – addressed the crowd, insisting: ‘If the government is trying to eradicate us, we’re all here, and we’re just duplicating, look at how many of us there are,’ before adding: ‘Boris, bye! Bye!’
She continued: ‘Boris, I hope you see Heartstopper, I hope you see Doctor Who, because I exist, and I know you know I exist. We all exist, and we’re not going anywhere!’
Strong words: Heartstopper star Yasmin Finney, 18, hit out at Prime Minister Boris Johnson as she made a defiant speech during Trans+ Pride in London on Saturday
Yasmin was met with cheers from the crowd who marched through the streets with signs that stated ‘trans rights are human rights’ and ‘trans is beautiful’.
Yasmin and her Heartstopper co-stars delighted Netflix viewers with the British coming-of-age romantic comedy which was released in April this year.
The series, which gained critical acclaim for its representation of the LGBTQ+ community and has been renewed for a second season, was among the top 10 English language shows on the streaming service within two days.
‘Bye, Boris. Bye!’ Yasmin told Boris during her speech: ‘I exist, and I know you know I exist. We all exist, and we’re not going anywhere!’
Adapted by writer Alice Oseman from her graphic novel series of the same name, Heartstopper tells the story of 14-year-old Charlie as he develops a crush on popular rugby player Nick at school, with the pair bonding and eventually becoming a couple.
It comes a week after the stars of the hit show danced their way past anti-LGBT protesters who broadcast their views over a megaphone during the London Pride parade last Saturday.
More than a million people took to the capital’s streets celebrating the LGBTQ+ community as the event marked its 50th anniversary.
Unafraid: Yasmin was met with cheers from the crowd who marched through the streets with signs which stated ‘trans rights are human rights’ and ‘trans is beautiful’
But revellers were confronted by a counter-protest of men waving banners denouncing homosexuality.
A young Pride supporter who leaned against the railings and tried to pull down the protesters’ banner was backed up by the cast of the Netflix program.
Just feet away from the homophobic banners, the Heartstopper stars bounced and bopped defiantly to Whitney Houston’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody.
Star turn: Yasmin, who plays the role of Elle (pictured in character on the show), received critical acclaim for Heartstopper along with her co-stars
Actors Joe Locke and Kit Connor, who star as Charlie and Nick, were among those marching through the capital alongside co-stars Jenny Walser, Sebastian Croft, Tobie Donovan, Corinna Brown and Kizzy Edgell.
Sky News reporter Scott Beasley shared the video appearing to show some of the cast dancing to the Whitney Houston track in front of a group of anti-LGBT protesters.
Photos reposted by the official Heartstopper Instagram page show some of the group with LGBT rainbow flags draped over their shoulders.
Standing their ground: The starts of Heartstopper bopped and danced defiantly in the face of an anti-LGBT protest at Pride
Defiant: A young member of the Pride march who leaned against the railings and tried to pull down the anti-LGBT slogan was backed up by the cast of the coming-of-age drama
The group also helped carry a huge rainbow parachute spanning the width of the street.
Yasmine’s words this weekend came after Boris Johnson announced his resignation as Prime Minister on Thursday.
In a statement in Downing Street, the PM confirmed that his MPs ‘clearly’ want a change and his time in office will come to an end when a new Tory leader is installed.
Boris has caused controversy with his comments about trans people in recent months, including in June when he waded into the debate about FINA’s bar on transgender athletes who have gone through male puberty competing in women’s events.
Young Love: Hit show Heartstopper is a coming of age drama that sees two teenage boys fall in love at a Grammar School
He was also criticized along with other members of his government earlier this year when his high profile plan to make gay conversion therapy illegal would not actually outlaw an often violent practice previously condemned.
In May, No. 10 confirmed that the Conversion Therapy Bill would allow over 18s to consent to the practice, often carried out by religious groups and which has no scientific basis.
The UN has said that the practice amounts to torture and should be outlawed, with bans already in place in Brazil, Argentina, India, Canada and New Zealand.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman told reporters it was ‘important that the freedom to express religious teachings is not affected’ by the new law.
The Conversion Therapy Bill also set up a clash between Boris and his backbenchers over trans rights, with no proposed ban on gender-based therapy.
Instead the plan says there will be ‘separate work to consider the issue of Transgender Conversion Therapy further’ due to the ‘complexity of issues and the need for further careful thought’.
Divisive: Boris has caused controversy with his comments about trans and LGBTQ+ people in recent months
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