The world is a hotbed of tension at the moment, so it’s actually a great time to hear about unapologetic queer love.

Justice Smith, known for his role in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, took to his Instagram to come out as queer while reflecting on the protest against police brutality and racism in New Oreleans.

Nicholas Ashe and I protested today in New Orleans,” he wrote. “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.”

Ashe is also an actor in Queen Sugar.

He continued, “I want to reiterate this sentiment: If your revolution does not include Black Queer voices, it is anti-Black,” he continued. “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. You are trying to push yourself through the door of a system designed against you, and then shut the door behind you.”

McDade was shot and killed by police in Tallahassee, Florida. Making him the 12th trans/non-binary person killed this year. The death was controversial as police allegedly yelled “stop moving n****r!” and shot without even identifying themselves as police.

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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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“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 Black boy joy, Black love, Black queer love,” he added.

Smith ended the post by calling Ashe his “rock and guiding light”, professing, “I love you so much. I know that on the other side of this is change, though the fight is far from over.”

Black Trans Lives

“While [trans] deaths are visible due to recordings and social media, we know far too many go completely ignored,” Tori Cooper, HRC director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative, tells Rolling Stone. “Black people, LGBTQ people, and especially all LGBTQ people of color are at greater risk for violence every day in this country. This must end.”