No person is your friend who demands your silence, or denies your right to grow.
I've known I was gay since I was young, I think. And I mean young - like, young - like 5 or 6. I think most gay people or queer people know there's something different about them very early, but I didn't know what to call it.
I am here to take up space. Eff respectability politics. Eff patriarchy. Eff censorship on Femme bodies.
One of the only reasons that the world knows that I’m HIV positive is because of love. I got to a point in my personal life where I was like, fuck performing, fuck entertaining people, fuck trying to be famous. I want to have a boyfriend and not have to ask them to keep a secret about my personal life. Do you know what kind of feeling that is to like someone and immediately ask them if they can keep a secret? That’s no way to live. Quite honestly, I’m not trying to say this to be dramatic – I was willing to risk my career to have a real life. I know that I want to really get to a place where my notoriety can create a dialogue in my community to make change. I can see myself opening an LGBT centre one day and doing all of these things to help people.
Our art is its own kind of activism
I think it’s so important that people realize there’s a gold mine of talented women of color, and all we need is opportunity to show that.