“In the same way we want white folks to support us and be better allies and use their privilege to make change in those power dynamics, it’s up to us to protect those who may not be as privileged”
When discussing the violence many black trans women face, the magazine said her anger and sadness “were palpable and warranted.”
“I look to Indya Moore, Mj Rodriquez, Janet Mock (my Pose family)… Laverne Cox, those women are putting themselves and their lives on the frontline everyday. When their trans sisters and brothers get murdered, they feel it. We have to support them… It’s just a responsibility I feel. I could do better. I’ll do better.”
To that end, Monáe has publicly dedicated her two Grammy nominations to her “trans brothers and sisters,” who she says “are shunned from these sorts of events.”
Institutional award shows, including the Grammys, are inherently and historically spaces of white, cis, male privilege. While they have recently gotten Blacker, our understanding of diversity must always continue to grow more intersectional. This is part of what Monáe is working toward herself, and advocating for from her audience.
Read the full interview here. (Photo: MediaPunch)