The always outspoken Tony and Emmy award winning actor and LGBTQ activist Billy Porter, (Pose, Kinky Boots) added his voice to the ongoing dialogue regarding racial injustice in "This Is My Message To America," an address Porter uploaded to his official YouTube channel on June 5.
Porter doesn't hold back on his use of profanity or in his scathing critique of the truth about how America was founded, the lies we've been told about her origin and how white Americans have been complicit in fueling racism from slavery to present day.
But the part of Porter's address that is certain to be controversial are his remarks aimed directly at Black people, whom he says has a relationship with the LGBTQ+ community that is "appalling at best and eerily similar to that of white supremacists versus Black folk."
From "This Is My Message To America"
“And Black people hear me…cause y’all ain’t gonna 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 breath in my body from all sides. And by that, I mean, that the Black communities relationship with the LGBTQ+ community is appalling at best and eerily similar to that of white supremacists versus 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. 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 has helped drive the most violent period for LGBTQ+ people on record. Just this past week, during the riots, during the peaceful protests—Iyanna Dior was brutally beaten by a gang of Black men while trying to peacefully protest for our rights. LGBTQ+ Black folks are Black people, too. Our lives matter, too.
So this is my response to those of y’all that don’t understand that: fuck you! And yes, I am cussing. It’s time for cussing. This conversation is not about tolerance. This conversation is not about acceptance, it’s about a demand for the respect for our humanity—like we respect everyone else’s…cause none of us are free until we all are free. So to all of my homophobic and transphobic brothers and sisters—get your f***ing houses in order!”
As expected, reaction to Porter's message on social media has been mixed, ranging from praise to outright condemnation.
LGBTQ brothers and sisters, buckle up, we're in for the fight of our lives to get our community to give a damn about intersectionality in the Black community.
You can watch Billy Porter's "This Is My Message To America" in the clip below.