Malik Yoba Reveals He Is Attracted To Trans People While Venting on The Bullying/Suicide of Maurice Willoughby, Says He Will Be Participating In DC’s Trans March

Posted September 1, 2019

image via Malik Yoba Instagram

Following the bold and fearless Jidenna speaking out against misconceptions and homophobia regarding the gay community in African and Black cultures, now actor Malik Yoba is also taking a stand for the LGBTQ+ community as it relates to our transgender sisters and brothers.

In a lengthy social media message, the 51-year-old actor took to Instagram to weigh in on the tragic suicide of Maurice “Reese” Willoughby— a young man who made headlines just a few weeks ago after he endured extensive bullying when someone leaked a clip of him being taunted and berated for dating a trans woman. The troublesome clip went viral which resulted in Willoughby committing suicide.

Malik re-posted the clip of Maurice that went viral, expressing his opinion on his death, and expressing that black folks (specifically men) need to step away from the oppressive behavior in our community that was inflicted on Maurice.

Malik also announced that he himself is “trans attracted” and will be participating in the upcoming National Trans March in DC. Get into it below.


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ATTENTION BLACK AND ALL MEN!!! THIS IS NOT OK!!!!! This video is another heartbreaking example of the homophobia, transphobia hatred and hypocrisy WE as black folks, BLACK MEN in particular have to NAME , FACE and CALL OUT and do the work to heal!!! THIS IS EXACTLY WHY I WILL BE AT @transmarchondc ?️‍?hosting a workshop called LOVE + TRAUMA: The Trans Experience on Sept 27 2019 ( details TBD ) His name was Maurice “Reese” Willoughby, a 20 yr old baby who killed himself from an apparent drug overdose after his girlfriend left him due to abuse. Clearly as evidenced in this video this young man was confident in his choice to love who he loved but the uninformed young men around him haven’t been taught BY US that love is love and acceptance of Trans love is ok and bullying has nothing to do with masculinity or HETEROSEXUAL behavior. Ultimately his mental and emotional health was not intact enough and the fragility of his life as he saw it was too much to bear. Often times this type of shame and ridicule can lead to the murders of women of the trans experience . NOT OK!! Clearly he didn’t get the support of his peers who think that toxicity = masculinity and humanity. That being a “real man” means we must disrespect and demean those that FIND themselves attracted to women of the trans experience. The fact that he was trans attracted presumably meant that he had no safe space to go to find the support he needed to learn to navigate love of a woman of the trans experience in a world that constantly tells you you’re wrong. TRANS PEOPLE DESERVE LOVE AND RESPECT AS DO THOSE OF US THAT LOVE THEM!! I love ALL women AND count MYSELF among those that find themselves trans attracted and I too have felt the self imposed shame that comes with that truth but it’s time to speak up. It is NOT about GENITALIA OR SEX but about attraction to the soul and humanity of an individual and often the beauty that is in the courage and conviction to live ones truth! As a self identified cis heterosexual man I too am learning what it means to be trans attracted. Many of us famous and otherwise that have struggled with accepting our attraction so we do NOTHING. This MUST change ??

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