Lena Waithe decided to educate people about LGBT history accepting an MTV Movie Award

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The black lesbian filmmaker has accepted the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie Awards. During her acceptance speech, Waithe said she was “elated” to be given the award, saying she was honored to be seen in such a light, in which she is able to inform the public about other trailblazers, who are doing no less important and significant job as Lena does, but they are not in the public eye. She wanted to devote her award to the stars of Paris Is Burning, Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, Angie Xtravaganza, and Willi Ninja. “I want to do what we as a society should have done a long time ago, and that’s give them the glory and the shine they deserve. Every time someone says “shade” or talks about “reading” or decides to just “serve face, please look up to the sky and give thanks,” the screenwriter said. The culture-defining documentary tackled problems related to racism, homophobia, AIDS and poverty, and introduced the world to concepts from ‘voguing’ to gay lingo like ‘realness’ and ‘shade.’ Although many people know and use these terms that also includes ‘serving face’, the origin and history of them are forgotten by the queer community and not even known by people out of it.

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