Fans of Orange is the New Black will remember Ruby Rose, who played virtually herself in two seasons of the show. In addition to being an actress, she’s also a model, a DJ, and a recording artist, with two movies coming out in the next few months. Rose has a history of charity work, supporting campaigns against bullying and for youth health care as well as volunteering internationally.
When her friend, musician Jack Antonoff, announced on Twitter Tuesday, August 29 that he would be donating $10,000 to the Montrose LGBT Center in Houston in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, she chimed in that she’d be matching his donation.
Montrose, one of the largest LGBT centers in the country, is dedicated to serving the needs of Houston’s LGBT and HIV+ communities. Harvey has seen many of their community displaced, and the Center has provided valuable service in checking in with those who have no family to be concerned for them. Aside from this, however, they are collecting needed supplies for all nearby shelters (not just LGBT), feeding volunteers around the city, and soliciting emergency volunteers. The services they are providing in this disaster are universal.
Despite this, Rose’s announcement met with an immediate outcry on twitter about how “disgusting” it is for the actress, herself a lesbian, to donate to an LGBT-“only” center.
“So you are only willing to help out gay people suffering from the floods in Houston?!?!” reads a comment on Twitter. “You are a disgusting human being.”
Keeping her cool, Rose posted an explanation of the Center’s emergency actions on Instagram, pointing out obliquely that many other organizations have not treated the LGBT population so fairly.
It is also worth noting that although Antonoff instigated these donations, he received no such castigation.
Anyone interested in joining Antonoff and Rose by donating to the Montrose Center can do so either via their Facebook page linked above or on their website.