The Important Reason Why One TV Writer Wants More Actors Of Color To Come Out

"We have to be a bit of a beacon of light."

Lena Waithe is not afraid of being herself, but she's waiting for everyone else to be able to do the same.

The TV writer — known best for making history by becoming the first Black woman to win a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master of None in 2017 and the creator/writer for Showtime's The Chi — recently made an appearance on The View to reflect on the last year of her life and promote her starring role in Ready Player One.


As a gay and Black woman in Hollywood, Waithe said she can probably count the number of openly gay and Black entertainers on one hand. For her, embracing her identity is simply second nature.

"I don't even think what I'm doing is very revolutionary," she said on The View. "I don't know how to not be gay as hell, or Black as hell. That's who I am."

Keeping that in mind, Waithe expressed she'd like to see more actors of color come out in order to serve as a positive role model for young people of color. According to a study from The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Program, 60 percent of survivors of ant-LGBTQ and anti-HITV hate crimes were individuals who identified themselves as people of color.

And with America's current political climate seemingly against the LGBTQ community, the Vanity Fair cover girl believes it's time to help uplift people of color who identify within that community.

"We have to be a bit of a beacon of light for those young kids of color who are wondering like, 'Am I weird? Is there something wrong with me?' " she said.

Watch Waithe's appearance on 'The View' in full below:


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