DeRay Mckesson covers the April/May
issue of gay glossy The Advocate.
Mckesson came to prominence as a leader
of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 30-year-old activist left a
six-figure job in Baltimore to document the movement on social media.
In Missouri, Mckesson joined Johnetta Elzie, a leading figure in the
movement, to create This Is The Movement, a newsletter on
events surrounding the Black Lives Matter movement.
In speaking with Janet Mock, host of
MSNBC's So Popular, Mckesson said that he struggles to respond
to his critics who say that the movement doesn't need a single male
“I can't defend it,” he said.
“Maybe this is my defense mechanism, but I know this might not
last. I could get kicked out of the movement any day.”
“I'm not ashamed to be gay. All of
me gets to show up and you don't get to decide how,” he continued.
“But I also don't feel that burden to come out. I feel the burden
to do really good work. The biggest thing I can do in the movement
is be a gay man doing really good work and not be afraid to love.”
Mckesson is currently vying to become
Baltimore's 50th mayor.