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In Powerful Black Lives Matter Post, 'Jurassic World' Star Justice Smith Comes Out

Saturday June 6, 2020
Actor Justice Smith, left, and actor Nicholas Ashe, right.
Actor Justice Smith, left, and actor Nicholas Ashe, right.  (Source:Instagram / @standup4justice)

"Jurassic World" star Justice Smith took to Instagram Saturday and shared a moving post about the Black Lives Matter movement while coming out as queer.

In his post, he tagged actor Nicholas Ashe ("Queen of Sugar"), and wrote to his 357,000 followers that they attended a Black Lives Matter protest in New Orleans, adding, "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," Smith went on to write. "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," Smith wrote. "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," the "Detective Pikachu" star added. "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," Smith concluded. "I know that on the other side of this Is change, though the fight is far from over."

Along with a video of the protest, Smith shared photos of himself and Ashe.

Check out Smith's post in full below.

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