Pose star Billy Porter took to Instagram to call out black people for their treatment of the LGBTQ community — comparing it to white supremacy. He said, “…Black people, hear me. ‘Cause y’all ain’t gon’ 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 had breath in my body- from all sides! And by that I mean that the Black community’s relationship with the LGBTQ+ community is appalling at best, and eerily similar to that of white supremacists vs. Black folk."
He continued, "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.”
Billy went on, “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 have helped drive the most violent period for LGBTQ+ people on record just this past week during the riots. During the peaceful protests!”
Porter then used an exceprt from the book, “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference” by Malcolm Gladwell to illustrate the growing global problem of LGBTQ+ violence. He said, “The books seeks to explain and describe the mysterious sociological changes that mark everyday life. As Gladwell states, ‘Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do. And epidemics are sensitive to the conditions and circumstances of the times and places in which they occur.’ So with that said, there’s no doubt in my mind that we as a nation are at a tipping point.”