Lena Waithe advocates for unity amongst LGBTI folks

Lena Waithe accepts her GLAAD Media Award on 12 April

Actress Lena Waithe (finest identified for her position on Netflix’s Grasp of None) gained a GLAAD Media Award on 12 April.

The 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards featured a kiss that social media went loopy for. But in addition, Waithe gave an empowering speech concerning the want for LGBTI unity throughout these making an attempt occasions.

Waithe was honored with the award for Excellent Particular person Episode, in reference to the Grasp of None episode ‘Thanksgiving,’ which she wrote. On this episode, her character, Denise, comes out as homosexual to her household. This plot line was impressed by Waithe’s actual life expertise.

The speech

Upon accepting her award, which was offered by Halle Berry, Waithe urged the LGBTI neighborhood to be united throughout a time the place LGBTI rights are underneath assault.

‘Lots of people ask me why I say I’m queer—I say that as a result of I feel it’s a giant umbrella. I don’t wish to separate myself from my trans household, my non-binary, bisexual [family],’ Waithe stated.

‘I really feel like typically we could be a little segregated, you understand what I imply? You’ve the rich gays over right here, the gays on a funds over there. You realize, you bought the asexual folks and their group and that crew. We should be united. As a result of Laverne Cox’s wrestle could look completely different than mine, however the ache we really feel is identical.’

‘Somebody who could also be asexual could have a special journey than mine, however we have now an identical life. There’s issues we have now in widespread. And on the finish of the day, we’re already othered. So why ought to we different ourselves greater than we already are?’

‘We have now to assist one another, we have now to speak to one another, we have now to coach one another about our personal particular person journeys. As a result of on the finish of the day, we’re all we bought. So let’s maintain onto that and let’s maintain onto one another. We gotta be one massive household.’

‘On the finish of the day, all of us bought folks making an attempt to return in opposition to us. So once we stand collectively, there’s no weapon they’ll type that may hurt us.’

Watch Waithe’s full speech beneath:

The rest?

Waithe is within the technique of engaged on her personal TBS comedy collection concerning the lifetime of a queer black lady in her twenties.

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