Meet the Logo30: Brandon Kyle Goodman

Goodman remembers the activists who pioneered gay liberation, "many of whom are Black and Brown."

Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2020 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.

For Brandon Kyle Goodman, Pride and the Black Lives Matter movement go hand in hand.

The actor, screenwriter, and advocate, whose credits include Feel the Beat, Modern Love, and writing for Seasons 4 and 5 of Netflix’s Big Mouth, went viral on Instagram last month for his emotional video relaying the experience of being a Black man in a country under siege by systemic racism and police brutality.

“Every time I learn about a Black person being murdered, there are no words to describe the depth of pain that I experience,” a visibly affected Goodman said in the video. “I can only try, which is that, um…I break.”

Speaking to Logo and NewNowNext after his heartfelt speech spread like wildfire across social media, Goodman highlighted the many Black and brown activists who fought on the vanguard of early gay liberation protests and riots—like New York City’s famed Stonewall Uprising in 1969, which has been widely hailed as a watershed moment in the modern fight for LGBTQ equality.

“Pride—gay liberation—is built on the backs of many important people,” he said, “many of whom are Black and brown, many of whom are Black and brown trans women. Especially with what’s happening in the country with Black Lives Matter, it’s cute to take off your shirt and wave it around and sip a cocktail—I love a cute cocktail, honey!—but it’s also important to remember the people who are oppressed, especially the people who are still oppressed inside of our community.”

Watch video interviews with the 2020 Logo30 honorees, including Goodman, below.
 

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