Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson talked about being both black and gay.
Black Lives Matter activist and mayoral candidate Deray Mckesson opened up about the complexities of being black and gay.
“One of the many unintended consequences of the [Black Lives Matter] movement has been opening up space for talking about the complexity of black identity and that blackness is not monolithic,” Mckesson said. “It’s so many things to so many people. People have different identities. We’re talking about the trans community in public in ways that we haven’t before. As a gay black man it’s important to me to show up — that I’m able to show up as my whole self, in every space that I’m in, because that’s how I’m able to be the most true to who I am.”
He sees the Black Lives Matter movement (focusing on all black lives, including LGBT black lives) as an essential part in bridging the racial divides in the country. The activist referred to the brutal violence, including police violence, against transgender women of color.
He talked about racial equality and LGBT rights, because these issues are affecting people all over the country.