Queer Eye star Karamo Brown took a strong anti-Trump stance at tonight’s LGBTQ Forum hosted by The Advocate, GLAAD, One Iowa and The Gazette. It was his strongest political message since the massive backlash to his statements about Sean Spicer ahead of his appearance on Dancing with the Stars.
Brown initially said “I'm a big believer that if you can talk to someone and meet in the middle, you can learn about each other and help each other both grow,” and that Spicer, a former Trump staffer, was a "good guy, really sweet guy."
After people reacted with displeasure online, Brown initially defended his stance, pointing out that he’s a social worker and is trained to have conversations. Alongside this, he also blocked a few of his critics on Twitter, effectively stunting any possible conversation he could have with them.
Brown later deactivated his Twitter account. After a social media hiatus, he returned with a message on Instagram: “Some of you may know I deleted my other social media pages and took a long break from posting on IG because I’ve been in a bad state of mind,” he wrote.
His appearance at the candidates’ forum, and the spirited statement he made there, could be taken as an effort to clarify his political alignment.
Here’s a transcript of his remarks:
This is a very historic and amazing night and I’m so proud to be here with GLAAD and all of my friends. Now I have to tell you, it is no secret that President Trump and his administration are not friends of the LGBTQ community. We all knew that, correct?
It’s not just Donald Trump who is the problem, it’s the people surrounding him. The rhetoric coming from the White House that is meant to divide our nation and target marginalized communities has to stop. And it is time for all marginalized communities to stand united.
Now, the 2020 presidential election is too important for the LGBTQ community, for the Black community, and for those Americans like me who live at the intersection to be silent.
We need to be loud and we need to be proud.
I want you all to do me a favor. I want you to turn to your neighbor and say, neighbor … we need to be loud and we need to be proud!
Now, tonight is all about giving us the tools to let our friends and family know what is at stake. Tonoight’s conversation is vital to the LGBTQ community. So please keep talking about the LGBTQ Forum all over social media. You all have your phones out?
Please keep talking about this on social media, use the hashtag #LGBTQ Forum. Only together can we overcome the divisiveness that President Trump has caused. Thank you so much friends and continue to enjoy tonight.