February 12, 2019

Five Black LGBTQ Actors on Representation In Hollywood

By TIM CHAN

Representation for LGBTQ actors of color has been given a bigger platform in recent years, thanks to the success of shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Pose,” and films like the Oscar-winning “Moonlight.” But as the nuances surrounding diversity continue to expand and evolve, these “double minority” actors still often find themselves as spectators, in an industry where the desire to be seen can often outweigh the images being presented.

As we approach Black History Month in February, Variety spoke to five black LGBTQ actors about their struggles for visibility in the industry, the shows, books and films that paved the way for them, and what needs to be done for more queer black voices to enter the arena.