(AllHipHop News) With shows like Orange Is The New Black, Star, and Pose, black trans women have been put in the national spotlight. Hollywood is embracing that community, but there is still a stigma connected to black men that are attracted to trans women.
For example, G-Unit founder 50 Cent has been making fun of Young Buck, his former friend, for allegedly dating trans women. "Right Thurr" rapper Chingy claimed false rumors that he was involved with transgender celebrity Sidney Starr hindered his career.
One famous person is now openly discussing his own attraction to trans women. New York Undercover and Empire actor Malik Yoba took to Instagram to call out black men for perpetuating homophobia and transphobia.
TRANS PEOPLE DESERVE LOVE AND RESPECT AS DO THOSE OF US THAT LOVE THEM!! I love ALL women AND count MYSELF among those that find themselves trans attracted and I too have felt the self imposed shame that comes with that truth but it’s time to speak up. It is NOT about GENITALIA OR SEX but about attraction to the soul and humanity of an individual and often the beauty that is in the courage and conviction to live ones truth! As a self identified cis heterosexual man I too am learning what it means to be trans attracted. Many of us famous and otherwise that have struggled with accepting our attraction so we do NOTHING. This MUST change 🙏🏾
Yoba also mentioned Maurice “Reese” Willoughby, the 20-year-old man that apparently killed himself after being bullied over admitting he dated a transgender woman. The 51-year-old entertainer also promoted the upcoming National Trans March On DC.
In a separate Instagram video, Malik Yoba thanked his followers for supporting his decision to admit his attraction to trans women. He added in the caption:
Thank you all who have reached out to me with love and support over the last 24 hours. Thank you @bet and all others who have spread this message of hope that it is ok to be who the F*CK you are no matter what other ppl say as long as you ain’t hurting nobody. Fear and shame should not be our gods. Freedom and love of all of HUMAN-ity should be the order of the day! SEE YOU IN DC FOR @transmarchondc AND Love + Trauma : The Trans Experience. Go to site for all upcoming details 🙏🏾🏳️🌈🤟🏾