Billy Porter Calls Out Blacks’ Treatment Of The LGBTQ Community: It’s Similar To White Supremacists

Billy Porter

Billy Porter Calls Out Blacks’ Treatment Of The LGBTQ Community: It’s Similar To White Supremacists

Just this weekend, “Jurassic World” actor Justice Smith spoke out about what considers the Black community’s erasure of queer issues while protesting for Black Lives Matter. Amid the outrage for the racist murders of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor – Black trans woman Iyanna Dior was brutally beaten amid a crowd of protesters in Minneapolis.

Justice Smith spoke out on the matter:

“As a black queer man myself, I was disappointed to see certain people eager to say Black Lives Matter, but hold their tongue when Trans/Queer was added. I want to reiterate this sentiment: if your revolution does not include Black Queer voices, it is anti-black. If your revolution is okay with letting black trans people like #TonyMcDade slip through the cracks in order to solely liberate black cishet men, it is anti-black. You are trying to push yourself through the door of a system designed against you, and then shut the door behind you. It is in our conditioning to get as close to whiteness, straightness, maleness as we can because that’s where the power is. And if we appeal to it, maybe it’ll give us a slice. But the revolution is not about appeal. It is about demanding what should have been given to us from the beginning. What should have been given to black, queer, and trans individuals from the beginning. Which is the right to exist.”

“Pose” star Billy Porter echoed Justice’s sentiments on the LGBTQ+ community in a new Instagram video. He likened African Americans’ treatment of gay people to that of white supremacy:

“…Black people, hear me. ‘Cause y’all ain’t gon’ like this one. As a Black queer man in America, my basic human rights have been up for legislation every single day that I have had breath in my body- from all sides! And by that I mean that the Black community’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community is appalling at best, and eerily similar to that of white supremacists vs. Black folk. Hear me, Black people, and hear me well! I’m calling y’all out right here and right now. You cannot expect our demands of equality to be met with any real legislative policy and change when y’all turn around and inflict the same kind of hate and oppression on us.”

Billy Porter continued:

“The tragic reality here is that Black trans, as well as gender non-conforming women and men, are being killed in the United States by cis-Black men to such a degree that it is nearly the worst emergency for trans women on the planet. The murders of Black trans women by Black men since 2016 have helped drive the most violent period for LGBTQ+ people on record just this past week during the riots. During the peaceful protests!”

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While wearing a shirt that read, “Gay AF,” he, then, used an excerpt from the book, “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference” by Malcolm Gladwell to illustrate the growing global problem of LGBTQ+ violence:

“The books seeks to explain and describe the mysterious sociological changes that mark everyday life. As Gladwell states, ‘Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do. And epidemics are sensitive to the conditions and circumstances of the times and places in which they occur.’ So with that said, there’s no doubt in my mind that we as a nation are at a tipping point.”

Watch Billy Porter’s address to the country below.

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Authored by: Miata Shanay