Music superstar Dove Cameron has slammed the rise of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in a new interview.

Over the last few years, conservative lawmakers across the US have targeted the LGBTQ+ community with hateful legislation.

From Florida’s horrific ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bill to the various laws targeting gender-affirming care, attacks on the community are showing no signs of slowing down.

In response to the aforementioned legislation, LGBTQ+ activists and public figures have used their platforms to speak out against the hate, including openly queer pop star Cameron.

In a recent interview with the Just for Variety podcast, the Boyfriend singer shared her opinion on why Republican lawmakers have set their sights on the LGBTQ+ community.

“So much of it is so violent, so hateful, and so irrational. Hate is just like fear in a big scary coat,” she explained.

“These people are so afraid of what they don’t understand… they’re reacting this way because they are afraid. It is not powerful than our love, our warmth, our light.”

Elsewhere in her interview, the 27-year-old talent opened up about how the wave of anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric has affected her mental health.

“Even if we feel fully healed and in both feet in our queer identity, I think it is nearly impossible to not feel even a little bit affected by this sort of like nauseating vitriol that is coming at us every day,” she said.

“Even I have that little bit of that tiny shame bug that comes up and is like ‘I am wrong’, and then you have to be like ‘woah, this is pervasive. The feeling of not wanting to be affected by it is noble, but I think it’s also unreasonable. I think it’s a dark time.”

Towards the end of her interview, Cameron delivered some encouraging advice on navigating this “really scary” time.

“I think the best we can do is sort of be kind to ourselves, speak to our young queer inner child about all the work that we have done. Hopefully, find queer community,” she said.

Cameron’s interview comes a few days after the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) updated its data regarding the number of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

As of 3 April, over 452 bills targeting the LGBTQ+ community have been introduced across the US, which is more than doubled since last year.