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Justice Smith Comes Out as Queer and Calls for Black Lives Matter Queer and Trans Inclusion

Justice Smith Comes Out as Queer and Calls for Black Lives Matter Queer and Trans Inclusion

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Detective Pikachu actor Justice Smith has come out as queer on Instagram while addressing the Black Lives Matter movement.

Smith, 24, shared the powerful statement featuring photos with the actor Nicholas L Ashe, who is best known for Queen Sugar.

He announced the news that they are a couple.

Justice Smith and Nicholas L Ashe
Photo via @standup4justice/Instagram

Weighing in on queer and trans inclusion, Justice continued: “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.”

“We chanted ‘Black Trans Lives Matter,’ ‘Black Queer Lives Matter,’ ‘All Black Lives Matter’,’ he told his followers.

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Justice Smith attends The Walt Disney Company 2020 Golden Globe Awards Post-Show Celebration at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

“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.”

Justice then exclaimed his love for Nicholas: “You’ve been my rock and guiding light through all of this and I love you so much.”

Smith called upon people to “include Black Queer voices” in their “revolution.”

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Justice Smith attends “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” Special Screening hosted by Angelina Jolie at Crosby Street Hotel on February 25, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Netflix)

“If your revolution is okay with letting black trans people like Tony McDade slip through the cracks in order to solely liberate black cishet men, it is anti-black,” he said.

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African American transgender McDade was was fatally shot by an officer of the Tallahassee Police Department on 27 May 2020.

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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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Smith was most recently seen in Netflix film All the Bright Places, and will return in sequel Jurassic World: Dominion.


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