'Queer Eye' star Karamo Brown calls on people to remember the true origins of Pride

By Zach Harper

Queer Eye star Karamo Brown has connected Pride month with the Black Lives Matter movement and reminded people how the LGBTQ+ movement came to be.

In an interview with E! News, the 39-year-old said he had been taking June to tackle racism in the LGBTQ+ community.

"I'm trying to spend my Pride Month re-educating my brothers and sisters and letting them know, 'Hey, as we go out in this world and fight for Black lives, we also need to remember that the reason we have Pride and the equality we have today is because it was started by Black women and a Black trans woman, [who said] 'I'm not going to stand for this! Give me my rights!'"

Pride started being celebrated following the 1969 Stonewall Inn uprising in New York, in which LGBTQ+ people fought back when they were arrested in a raid on that bar. One of the key figures in that event was Marsha P. Johnson, who was a Black transgender woman.

You can learn more about her in the documentary The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, which is on Netflix.

Marsha P. Johnson is seen on a badge worn during an event at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York in 2019. Photo: © TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images

Karamo also said people should be mindful to take care of their mental health at this time, and that if people need to step away from things for a day, they should do that.

"You have to recharge so you can come back and be better the next day," he said.

Janet Mock arrives at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in February. Photo: © Toni Anne Barson/WireImage

Janet Mock, the Emmy-nominated producer of the series Pose, also spoke out about the ongoing protests against the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Regis Korchinski-Paquet and others and said it's important to remember Pride also began as a protest. Pose examines the Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ ballroom culture in the 1980s, and Janet is also transgender.

"For me at least, there's never been a sense of celebrating Pride without really thinking about our foremothers and our forefathers who were there that night," she said in an Entertainment Tonight special called Live With Pride.

She also said LGBTQ+ people should work to "recentre and refocus our efforts on those most marginalized, which are gender nonconforming folk, Black and Brown queer and transgender people, and homeless youth."

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