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In an open video shared on his Instagram account on Thursday, pose Star Billy Porter spoke about the heartbreaking realities of being a member of the Black Community and the LGBTQ + Community in America. In the powerful video, Billy talked about the hatred, oppression and inequality he faces as a black man every day, and how the country's racial infrastructure plays a massive role in maintaining centuries-old systems of injustice.
"As black people, we risk our lives every time we leave our homes. As strange people with color, this risk doubles," said Billy. "We move in our day, absorb it, hide our pain and terror from the world and try to make ourselves small so that white and heterosexual people feel good. Our parents try to prepare us for the realities of this world: the The fact that the competitive conditions are not even, the laws protecting white people don't do the same for us and we have to be at least ten times better at everything we do in life to just get into the rooms where things happen. "
There have been numerous protests following the death of George Floyd by a police officer on May 25, and Billy insists there is much more to be done. "Progress has been made. But as we can see, centuries of progress that white men fear losing power can be pushed back and wiped out."
Much like Lizzo, Leslie Jones, and other celebrities, Billy commented on the fact that the Trump administration only contributed to this inherently destructive social imbalance and encouraged viewers to vote in the November election. "This choice is the most important we have ever seen in our lives," said Billy. "Democracy is on the ballot. White supremacy is on the ballot. Homophobia. Women's rights. Trans-rights. Muslim rights. All human rights. Everyone on the ballot in November. And I ask you, America: will we be better?" … It's time for a change. And change this time forever. Poll. Poll. POLL. POLL. "
Watch Billy's full speech here and find out which organizations you can donate to support racial justice.