Charles Barkley Discusses Advocacy For LGBTQ Community “Anytime You’re Black, You’ve Got To Stand Up For Other People”

NBA icon Charles Barkley visited “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” on this week and got pretty candid about his advocacy for LGBTQ rights.

DeGeneres started off by thanking Barkley for his protest against North Carolina’s House Bill 2,  also known as the “bathroom bill,” which prohibited transgender people from using restrooms and other public facilities according to their gender identity.

Barkley said, “I think anytime you’re Black, you’ve got to stand up for other people. Black people know what discrimination is like. If you’re in a position of power, you’ve got to always stand up against discrimination. I’ve been blessed… I’m never going to sit back and let discrimination happen on my watch.” 

A longtime supporter of LGBTQ equality, Barkley has been outspoken in his support of same-sex marriage and even voiced his support of Jason Collins, an openly gay player in the NBA who came out in 2013, saying: “I’d rather have a gay guy who can play than a straight guy who can’t play.” 

Do y’all agree with Charles Barkley’s take on discrimination?

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  1. His daughter must be gay.

  2. Charles Barkley should first start by standing up for Black people. It’s a well known fact that the only rights he cares about are the rights to sleep with white women.

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