Actor #JusticeSmith of “ The Get Down”, “ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “ Pokemon: Detective Pikachu”, has recently took to his personal Instagram to not only show full support and solidarity to the #BlackLivesMatter movement but to also contest the importance of including #BlackTrans and #BlackQueer lives matter as well!
Smith shared a video on Friday evening of a New Orleans protest he took part in with a lengthy caption that read, “We chanted ‘Black Trans Lives Matter,’ ‘Black Queer Lives Matter,’ ‘All Black Lives 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.”
Smith identified himself as a Queer male for the first time publicly, while also revealing that he’s in a relationship with fellow actor Ashe Writing of Queen Sugar.
“You’ve been my rock and guiding light through all of this and I love you so much. I know that on the other side of this is change, though the fight is far from over.”
Smith concludes his statement by noting that the fourth coming evolution of Black Lives must include Black trans and queer people.
“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.”