La’Porsha Renae has been under fire following her comments about her home state’s newly signed anti-LGBT bill. Mississippi’s “Religious Liberty” bill allows businesses, individuals and religiously affiliated organizations to deny service to LGBT people, single mothers and just about anyone who might offend someone’s “sincerely held religious belief.” La’Porsha Renae’s Best Hairstyles on ‘American Idol’ In a conference call with reporters last Friday (April 8), Renae stated, “This is how I feel about the LGBT community: They are people just like us. They’re not animals as someone stated before. They’re people with feelings. Although all of us may not agree with that particular lifestyle for religious reasons, whatever the reason is, you still treat each other with respect. Everybody is a human being. We should be able to coexist with one another.” 3 Things to Know About ‘American Idol’ Runner-Up La’Porsha Renae “I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way; it wasn’t how I was raised,” she continued, “but I do have a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual, and they’re such sweet, nice people. We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on.” Her comments were met with backlash from people on social media. She addressed the situation on Periscope when a fan asked how she felt about Perez Hilton’s response to her comments. “I tried to be as open and honest and neutral as possible, but that’s the way interviews go. Sometimes when you do interviews, it gets twisted up,” she said. “I can understand when I read it back why people were offended, and for that I deeply apologize.  I wasn’t trying to offend anyone. I was just trying to honestly answer a question that caught me off guard. It was supposed to be an interview about singing, and it became political and I’m not a political person at all.” Fantasia, Jennifer Hudson & Latoya London Reunite to Slay Their ‘American Idol’ Finale Performance WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.