Queer American recording artist Mykki Blanco has been the victim of publicized queer hatred twice and most recently on Friday, February 17, 2017.
Friday, Blanco was awoken to the threat of an FBI report and detainment by a police officer that was reportedly summoned after the man next to Blanco on a Delta airlines plane stated that he felt uncomfortable sitting next to “someone like” Blanco.
After the virulent homophobia had taken place on his flight from Toronto to Detroit Blanco took to twitter to expose the situation:
Blanco was soon after contacted by Delta who told him that “Discrimination of any kind is not tolerated.”
It is uncertain as to whether or not Blanco’s accostment was settled properly as he as posted tour promo and selfies on Twitter subsequently after his complaints to Delta.
Delta’s management of the issue seems to be a part of a common trend with people dismissing the identity and existence of black queer society especially when homophobia and other hateful actions are carried out against the community publicly. Black queer hatred tends to go under the rug and behind the door with no question of its problem.
However, this is not the first time that Blanco has had to look directly into the face of oppression as he was told to “stop playing in dresses” at a Berlin boutique where he had previously bought dresses. Blanco’s tour diary released this information, and a spokesperson commented that “Mykki was trying on items and actually ending up buying the dress, we can confirm the woman was completely rude and obnoxious.”