Justice Smith recently expressed his opinion over the ongoing hyped Black Lives Matter movement following the recent killing of George Floyd. He called for more inclusion in BLM by advocating for the LGBTQ community.
Smith came out on Friday as a queer through an Instagram post. He also talked about his experiences as a queer man during a BLM protest in New Orleans, where he called for the inclusion of the LGBTQ community into the movement. He noted that some of the people demonstrating were fighting for a cause that is against discrimination, yet they were the same people that silent when transgender matters are involved.
“I was disappointed to see certain people eager to say Black Lives Matter, but hold their tongue when Trans/Queer was added,” Smith pointed out.
Smith also noted that the movement will be anti-black if it does not include black queer individuals. The 24-year-old also highlighted the fact that every U.S citizen is entitled to freedom, prosperity, and without fear of threats and persecution regardless of whether they are black, trans, or queer.
Smith also concluded his lengthy comment regarding the matter by acknowledging his partner Nicholas Ashe for the support that he provided. Pride month celebrations are held in June, but this year those celebrations have been overshadowed by Black Lives Matter protests as people seek the end of police brutality after George Floyd’s death. Floyd is the latest victim of police brutality after he died in the hands of police officers.
Smith’s statement highlights that not only are people fighting for the end of discrimination based on color but also the end of discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against the LGBTQ community. He is also one of the many celebrities that have spoken out regarding racism and police brutality, especially with the latest events.
Smith also adds to the list of celebrities that have come out of the closet regarding their sexuality. Lili Reinhart revealed that she is bisexual just a week ago and even encouraged her followers to join LGBTQ+ march for Black lives matter in Hollywood.