Black Men And Women Are Beautifully Celebrating Themselves With The "Black Gay Slay" Hasht

On Friday morning, Mike Mason, known to his Twitter followers as @Mikey_Talks, tweeted a few stellar selfies of himself along with the caption, “If you came to slay tonight, say I slay!” Afterward, #BlackGaySlay was born.

Dora Mila-gay
@Mikey_Talks

“If you came to slay tonight, say I slay!” – Beyoncé.
Black Queer folks, join in the fun! #BlackGaySlay

Fri Feb 10 16:22:27 UTC+0000 2017
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Mason is 18 years old and lives in Kalamazoo, MI. He told BuzzFeed News that he’s a writer, and that the idea for his much-talked-about hashtag came from listening to Beyoncé’s “Formation”. The album led him to think of a way that black LGBT people could express their truths and be proud of themselves.

According to his Twitter, Mason wanted to highlight black queer people since “It’s way too many white gays in #BoysKissBoysSelfies,” another tag that caters gay people, though it’s overwhelmingly white.

Dora Mila-gay
@Mikey_Talks

It’s way too many white gays in #boyskissboysselfies. So I started #BlackGaySlay for us!

Fri Feb 10 17:01:52 UTC+0000 2017
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“I think a problem that I have with the LGBT community publicly as a whole, is they don’t do a good job of representing LGBT people of color,” Mason said. “I was only seeing LGBT people who were white and it just really bothered me.”

Mikey also noted on his account that “gay” was used as an umbrella term for the tag, and he welcomes all types of LGBT-identifying black people to celebrate themselves in the hashtag.

Dora Mila-gay
@Mikey_Talks

And if y’all feel uncomfortable with the way things went today, I don’t want to erase anyone’s sexuality… other tags can be arranged.

06:37 AM – 11 Feb 2017
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Soon after Mikey’s initial tweet was sent out, several people began blessing their respective timelines with incredible selfies — and to say that they ~delivered~ would be an understatement.

UglyAss
@__andraa

I am here for the #BlackGaySlay party …

05:30 AM – 11 Feb 2017
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People posted their most fire selfies, exuding confidence and killing it in flawless fashions.

Jesús Hilario
@Art_Jesu

Also lemme give you that slight femme. #BlackGaySlay

12:25 AM – 11 Feb 2017
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They slayed in makeup.

????Artist | Muva Doll
@1poeticdrugs

I’m always late to events #blackgayslay

01:45 AM – 11 Feb 2017
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Yes, cheekbones!

They slayed in glasses.

Galadriel
@LouisArnaud__

#BlackGaySlay.
Can I still apply even if I’m bi ?

04:17 AM – 11 Feb 2017
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Come through, million dollar smile.

And they slayed in different hairstyles.

Picasso
@crsebring

#BlackGaySlay is the perfect day to come out as Queer on twitter!

12:16 AM – 11 Feb 2017
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Just radiant in every way.

Queer people of all shapes and sizes dominated the tag, too.

jamal.
@fatfemme

slay is basically my second language. #blackgayslay

12:47 AM – 11 Feb 2017
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Mikey created an inclusive trend for black LGBT people to unapologetically be themselves.

blacklippedfag
@Ruxxxpinn

Ugly, then make it fashion
#BlackGaySlay

05:49 PM – 10 Feb 2017
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Naturally, there were tons of people who looked on and praised the beauty of the movement.

#ChrisToFanCon
@DarthGeekonius

Loving #BlackGaySlay

05:40 PM – 10 Feb 2017
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Folks could not get enough.

VV
@wyetthasspoken_

Me watching all of the gays flourish up and down the TL #BlackGaySlay

09:10 PM – 10 Feb 2017
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And some were a little shook.

Autumn????
@iwannarockwitu

This #BlackGaySlay thing has me shook!!! Y’all look so amazing!!!

10:17 PM – 10 Feb 2017
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In a word, it was fierce.

disrespect boy
@Whut_Jordy

Everyone on #BlackGaySlay is so beautiful????

11:13 PM – 10 Feb 2017
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Mason added that seeing people take to his hashtag made him “really emotional.”

Eboni Sadé
@EboniSade

Yessss hashtag #BlackGaySlay

Fri Feb 10 23:55:55 UTC+0000 2017
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“And that just shows you that it was necessary because so many people were reposting it and blogging — even people who weren’t black and LGBT were sharing it,” he said.

They came.

BROWQUEEN✨
@trayoncemua

#blackgayslay I didn’t get the invite but I’m here for this ????????✨

12:51 AM – 11 Feb 2017
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They slayed.

????madeline
@ziamondsdancing

#BlackGaySlay ????????‍????

07:45 PM – 10 Feb 2017
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And they conquered.

chaz
@supchaz

okay YES @ this hashtag #blackgayslay

12:03 AM – 11 Feb 2017
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Phew.

Top5Lindo
@KhailMajor

It’s time to play #BlackGaySlay ????????

10:37 PM – 10 Feb 2017
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Per Mason’s Twitter, the hashtag is something that he’d like to make a regular occurrence.

Dora Mila-gay
@Mikey_Talks

How often y’all wanna trend #BlackGaySlay?

Sat Feb 11 04:29:45 UTC+0000 2017
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He told BuzzFeed News that he hopes to get the tag to trend at least once a month and he compared the movement to Black Out Day, which is another trend that celebrates blackness. “I have T-shirts avaliable and I also have some other things so the community can feel a little more unified,” Mason said while discussing upcoming ventures.

“For everybody that has been harassed or attacked in this tag, I want them to know they’re valid in loving themselves … I just want them to stay strong and do their best to keep slaying,” Mason said.

Black History Month 2017 is off to a fine start. ⭐️

UPDATE
Feb. 13, 2017, at 20:38 PM

This post has been updated to include quotes from Mike Mason, the creator of the hashtag.

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