Under a video that shows Maurice Willoughby, a young man who committed suicide recently, being bullied for dating a trans woman, not only did Malik Yoba call the bullies out for being transphobic but he also made an intimate disclosure about himself. The Why Did I Get Married? actor revealed that he is also “trans-attracted.”
“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,” Yoba wrote in a lengthy post on Instagram. “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.”
Yoba, 51, also shared his sadness about the way black men treat other black men who are attracted to and date trans women.
“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.”
Willoughby committed suicide in August after a video of him being bullied about dating a trans woman went viral. According to reports, the 20-year-old became depressed and threatened that he would take his life and his girlfriend’s, Faith Palmer. Palmer then broke up with him and he later killed himself.
Yoba will be participating in the National Trans March on D.C and will be hosting a workshop, “Love + Trauma: The Trans Experience on September 27th.