Malik Yoba visited The Breakfast Club and got candid about “stepping up” (his words) to reveal he’s attracted to both cisgender and transgender women.
He was joined by LGBTQ activists Mr. David Johns (From the National Black Justice Coalition NBJC), Nala Simone Touissant, and Carmen Carrera (Wihelmina Model, known from RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3).
David John’s made a valuable point in saying Malik did not come out, but he stepped up. Malik stepped up and above the status quo to be open about a serious topic and a conversation people of all communities are afraid to have. Malik shared that he knew he felt liberated and ready to “step up” when he attended world pride in June with Carmen Carrera. During the parade, Malik decided to come from the back of the parade float to the front next to Carmen amongst thousands on Fifth Avenue in New York City. He proudly explained, “In that moment, I felt pride”.
What really makes change in the world are not only the conversations Malik is opening, but the conversation that was brought to The Breakfast Club. With the desire to be educated and enlightened on the LGBTQ culture and experience from Envy, Yee, and Charlamagne, and joining with educated leaders of the community. This interview replicated the discussions we need to have in this country and around the world about accepting, caring and appreciating one another.
“My former fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, we had an executive director that was murdered. He was gay, he was running for public office in Louisiana — because we don’t have a culture, even within an organization like Phi Beta Sigma, you have a gay leader that has to then go live in the shadows, make poor choices based on that and he was murdered. No one stepped up as brothers. As I’ve gone through my storm recently, those brothers didn’t step up for me, they stepped away.”
Check out the interview below.