Acteurs Justice Smith en Nicholas Ashe doen samen, als koppel, hun coming-out

Zwarte Amerikaanse Justice Smith (24) en Nicholas Ashe (25) hebben hun coming-out gedaan naar aanleiding van pridemaand juni en de Black Lives Matter-protesten. 

Smith ken je misschien als de nerd van dienst in ‘Jurassic World‘ en als hoofdrolspeler in ‘Pokémon Detective Pikachu‘. Ashe heeft rollen in ‘Last Looks‘ en ‘Queen Sugar‘.

Het koppel was aanwezig op een BLM-protest in New Orleans. “Als een zwarte queer man vond ik het jammer dat mensen graag ‘Black Lives Matter’ riepen, maar hun mond hielden toen ‘trans’ of ‘queer’ werden toegevoegd.”

“Als je revolutie geen zwarte queer stemmen omvat, dan is die revolutie anti-zwart. Als je revolutie kan leven dat trans* mannen als Tony McDade tussen de plooien vallen en enkel cisgender hetero mannen wil bevrijden, dan is die revolutie anti-zwart.”

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@nckash and I protested today in New Orleans. 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. 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. To live and prosper in public. Without fear of persecution or threat of violence. There is so much tragedy on the timeline these last couple of days so I added some photos of me and Nic to show some #blackboyjoy #blacklove #blackqueerlove ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 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. #justicefortonymcdade #justiceforninapop #justiceforgeorgefloyd #justiceforahmaud #justiceforbreonna #sayhername #defundthepolice #endwhitesupremacy

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Beeld: Timothy Junes

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