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This Week on LGBTQ Twitter: Is Kendrick Lamar a trans ally?


Pulitzer Prize-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar is making waves with the track “Auntie Diaries” off his recently released album Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers for speaking about his personal journey to understand and accept his transgender relatives.

But there’s little consensus about whether the song, which includes multiple references to “faggot,” and uses the wrong names and pronouns for Lamar’s trans family members, is a sign of progress.

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The song includes the following lyrics:

“My auntie is a man now / I think I’m old enough to understand now / Drinking Paul Masson with her hat turned backwards / Back when it was comedic relief to say ‘faggot’ / faggot, faggot, faggot, we ain’t know no better / Elementary kids with no filter, however / My auntie became a man and I took pride in it / She wasn’t gay, she ate pussy, and that was the difference / That’s what I told my friends in second grade / She picking me up from school, they stare at her in the face.”

Raquel Willis expressed her disappointment, asking: “Why must you always push a boundary […]

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