Lena Waithe talked about being a gay black woman from the South Side of Chicago. She delivered an acceptance speech that served as a celebration of Black culture, a reminder of the brilliance of Black women.
Lena told that grew up loving the Wizard of Oz because of a scene where the Good Witch tells the munchkins to “come out,” a refrain Waithe repeated while asking others in the room to embrace who they are regardless of fear.
“They were forced to hide in hopes that one day we wouldn’t have to and now look at us, still hiding. Being a gay black female is not a revolutionary act. Being proud to be a gay black female is,” Waithe said, talking about the black LGBT community that came before her.
In her speech was a very clear call to action for her fellow “hidden” LGBT community members.
She also said:
“Sometimes I forget what it was like to be that young, to struggle in your own skin that much. To grapple with a world system that was clearly not made with us in mind. To be unsure of your place in this realm, of how you will ever find it or how you will ever like yourself, let alone love yourself.”