‘All The Bright Places’ Star JUSTICE SMITH Comes Out As Queer
Justice Smith advocated for the inclusion of Black queer lives and Black trans lives while also coming out as queer in an Instagram post.
The actor, who starred in the films All The Bright Places, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, announced that he is dating Queen Sugar actor Nicholas Ashe who he referred to as his "rock and guiding light."
"[Nicholas] and I protested today in New Orleans," the 24-year-old said in his lengthy yet powerful Instagram post. "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."
He emphasized that "if your revolution does not include Black Queer voices, it is anti-black." He continued, "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."