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Black History Month 20 for 20: RuPaul - The Queen & King

Black History Month 20 for 20: RuPaul - The Queen & King

Monday January 30th I was shooting the shit on Twitter as usual, and turned my attention to the love I have for Master P. My friend Courtney with a K inspired me to start this series (as you can see below). For every weekday in February, I will profile Black persons in celebration of Black History Month. #BHM20for20 Why only 20? Y’all too busy sinning on the weekend to read (I’m joking but not really). Thank you Kourtnee.

Less ego; more empathy.” Brit

I used to use the word “faggot” more times than I am proud to admit. I was ignorant to the plight of many, if not all members of the LGBT community until a family member came out, and that extreme question to test my ego’s empathy was asked, “What if someone in your family was gay?” Being that it took for someone close to me coming out to lose my ego & start empathizing, I give myself 0 credit as this great understanding person of all things LGBT; I’m not. However, regardless of how or why I got here, I am here & I’d be the worst type of person if I didn’t try to help people who think like I thought understand that our “tolerance” for the LGBT community means absolutely nothing, and if you have nothing positive to add just shut the fuck up.

When I was younger calling anyone a “RuPaul” was essentially fighting words because we didn’t understand who he and she was. RuPaul is an activist, actor, author, musician, and reality TV star while dressing in drag; basically RuPaul is everything he and she wants to be whenever he and she wants to be. 

I’d be lying if I told you before this 20 for 20 series that I knew what RuPaul did or achieved. I just thought this person was popular for being in drag and without talent; I was wrong, again. RuPaul has released 11 albums; the Uber-macho Hip-Hop genre that I am a part of, artists usually don’t make it past album 2. RuPaul has appeared in 30+ films & TV shows combined, in & out of drag. RuPaul has written, produced and starred in some of the films he and she has appeared in.

RuPaul is a renaissance person but nothing stands out more than the contribution he and she has made to the LGBT community in advocating for equal rights. I would have never thought of or looked at RuPaul as an activist but again, what I feel, see or think isn’t the end all be all; it’s about understanding and respecting someone who is different than me aka having more empathy than ego. RuPaul used to symbolize this “weird thing” we didn’t understand but when you remove ego from the equation RuPaul symbolizes a person who we should all aspire to be like, and that’s whatever the fuck we want to be. Thank you RuPaul, as a person who doesn’t let anyone tell him what to do, I appreciate you for living that as yourself since before I could understand.

Next up, the greatest living male R&B artist; not Stevie Wonder & definitely not that fucking pedophile R. Kelly.

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