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'Empire's Malik Yoba Thanks Fans for Support after Admitting He Is Attracted to Transgender Women

Mary Scott
Sep 04, 2019
12:20 P.M.
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Following up to his admission about being attracted to transgender women, “New York Undercover” alum Malik Yoba thanked fans for their support in a new video.


The actor took to Instagram on Labor Day to appreciate “all the good folks who’ve reached out” since his declaration, but also revealed that his children faced some backlash as a result.

Malik Yoba at the Los Angeles Premiere of "American Woman" on June 5, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images

Malik Yoba at the Los Angeles Premiere of "American Woman" on June 5, 2019 | Photo: Getty Images


“We’re human beings; we’re all part of the god-body. Unfortunately, part of our mechanism is that we need to judge and characterize and ostracize and vilify and demonize the things we don't understand,” Yoba, 51, said.


Relaying some of the negativity his three kids have had to deal with, Yoba continued:

“I apologized to my own children because my kids got some foul messages with folks thinking that it’s okay. Just because you don’t understand something does not make it wrong; it does not make people wrong. I don’t even understand all of it, but I’m willing to ask questions. …You lean in, you ask questions you inform yourself.”


The “Empire” actor then used the opportunity to invite everyone to the 2-day Trans Visibility March slated for later this month in Washington DC.

There, allies and members of the trans community will march for equality and hold several workshops to enlighten others. Yoba himself will be spearheading a session titled: “Love and Trauma workshop: The Trans Experience.”


“I hope that friends, family, loved ones can come out and share your experiences, share your creativity, share your vision of what a just world would look like,” he finished.

Yoba made headlines late last month after revealing that he is attracted to transgender women. The actor used the recent report of a man that committed suicide after getting bullied for dating a trans woman to highlight the need for change.

Malik Yoba at the The Lions X WDC World Ocean Day Event on June 08, 2019 in New York City| Photo: Getty Images

Malik Yoba at the The Lions X WDC World Ocean Day Event on June 08, 2019 in New York City| Photo: Getty Images


“Acceptance of Trans love is ok, and bullying has nothing to do with masculinity or HETEROSEXUAL behavior,” Yoba stated in an Instagram post.

“TRANS PEOPLE DESERVE LOVE AND RESPECT AS DO THOSE OF US THAT LOVE THEM!! 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.”

“Many of us famous and otherwise that have struggled with accepting our attraction, so we do NOTHING. This MUST change,” Yoba concluded.

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