SOCIAL JUSTICE

#BlackLivesMatter Leader Deray Mckesson On The Complexities Of Being Black And Gay

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Black Lives Matter activist Deray Mckesson has become a trusted voice in the movement, providing many daily updates to his 247K Twitter followers on issues like police brutality and protests.

On Saturday, he addressed a GLAAD gala in San Francisco about the state of civil rights in America and his own experience as a black gay man.

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“For so many of us, the world is a place where we’re not suppose to make noise, where we’re asked to hide who we are and be silent about the injustices that we face,” Mckesson told the crowd of LGBT media and allies.

You can watch his full speech below, beginning with an adorable embrace with Empire’s Jussie Smollett, who introduced him:

DeRay McKesson has a secret. With Jussie Smollett #Empire @empirefox #stevenunderhill #jussiesmollett @jussiesmollett #glaad #glaadgala

A photo posted by Steven Underhill Photography (@stevenunderhill) on

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