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Dave Chappelle's Netflix special The Closer has riled the LGBT+ community over his disarming jokes about transgender people "punching down" on the heteros.

NBJC's David Johns (below left) and LGBT+ activists are calling on Netflix to pull the special off the air.

Chappelle's 5th Netflix special in 5 years debuted on Tuesday - and has generated backlash over his perceived hatred for trans people.

"Gender is a fact," said Chappelle, who confused gender for biological sex.

"Every human being in this room, every human being on earth, had to pass through the legs of a woman to be on earth. That is a fact."

But critics pointed out that he dismissed C-sections, which make up about a third of all human births.

Chappelle, 48, also noted that "trans women's genitalia" is "not quite what it is."

LGBT+ activists went on the war path, calling for Netflix to pull Chappelle's special -- which Netflix declined to do the previous four times.

Chappelle defended embattled rapper DaBaby whose career is in ruins after his anti-LGBT+ comments at Rolling Loud in Miami.

Chappelle compared that incident to another involving DaBaby killing a man in self-defense in a Walmart in 2018.

"In our country, you can shoot and kill a ni**a, but you better not hurt a gay person's feelings," the comedian joked.

However, LGBT+ activists have had enough of Chappelle's jokes at their expense.

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David Johns, executive director of civil rights group the National Black Justice Coalition, asked Netflix to pull The Closer off the air.

"It is deeply disappointing that Netflix allowed Dave Chappelle's lazy and hostile transphobia and homophobia to air on its platform," Johns tells Deadline.com.

"With 2021 on track to be the deadliest year on record for transgender people in the United States — the majority of whom are Black transgender people — Netflix should know better. Perpetuating transphobia perpetuates violence.

Netflix should immediately pull The Closer from its platform and directly apologize to the transgender community."

The LGBT+ advocacy group GLAAD Agreed.

Officials at GLAAD retweeted a post from HolyBullies, which read:

"I would suggest, Mr. Chappelle, that before you start on another one of your stupid routines about #LGBTQ people... google some names - Bayard Rustin, Monica Roberts, Barbara Jordan, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Angela Davis, James Baldwin, Audre Lorde."

The tweet referred to late Black gay and transgender rights activists, lesbians, and bisexuals.

If LGBT+ activists had watched Chappelle's special to the end, they would have heard him mention his close friend Daphne Dorman, a transgender comedian.
 

 
Dorman, 44, committed suicide shortly after Chappelle dropped Dorman's name in his 2019 Netflix special Sticks and Stones.

Dorman had stuck up for Chappelle who routinely tested his transgender material on Dorman before going onstage.

"I don't know what the trans community did for her," Chappelle said, "but I don't care, because I feel like she wasn't their tribe. She was mine. She was a comedian in her soul."

Chappelle surprised the audience by declaring he was hitting pause on LGBT+ jokes until he could be sure he and the LGBT+ community were all laughing together.

He said:

"I'm telling you, it's done. I'm done talking about it. All I ask of your community, with all humility: Will you please stop punching down on my people?"

Despite the backlash, Chappelle's new special has raced to the top 5 on Netflix's list of the most popular films and series on the platform in the U.S.

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David J. Johns penned an interesting opinion piece for theGrio.com, in which he praised Andrew and R. Jai Gillum's diverse Black marriage.

"Let's celebrate Andrew and R. Jai Gillum for finding the freedom to define themselves and their relationship on their terms and for making space for others to do the same," writes Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition.

In an exclusive interview with Tamron Hall that aired on Monday, Gillum, 41, came out as a bisexual man with a wife and three children.

Johns, who is same-gender attracted, asked his readers to celebrate the diversity of the couple's modern family.

"I write to thank my brother, Andrew Gillum, and my sister, R. Jai Gillum, for inviting us in. Andrew and R. Jai are a family. Period, full stop," Johns said.

Johns added: "[T]here is a need to battle systemic oppression and marginalization of people who are members of racial/ethnic and sexual minority communities, there are some among us, like myself, who live public lives to disrupt assumptions that we don't exist."

Johns suggests that Black women should protect Gillum and look beyond the complexities of sharing their men with other men.

Johns continues:

"[T]oo many members of our community suffer, often in silence, because we have not done the work, as a community of diverse Black people, to hold space and to have conversations that honor every member of our community. It is for this reason alone that Black people should commit to protecting Andrew Gillum who is among the first highly visible Black men to identify as bisexual.

"At this moment in the movement for Black lives, let’s celebrate Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts for finding love. Let’s celebrate Andrew and R. Jai Gillum for finding the freedom to define themselves and their relationship on their terms and for making space for others to do the same. Let’s celebrate the culture shift that holds space for Black LGBTQ/SGL people to thrive—as we are—without having to shrink or hide critically important parts of themselves."

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I know some of you are tired of hearing about Malik Yoba's transgender proclivities, but he's still trending and Sandrarose.com covers news and gossip.

Yoba and NBJC Director David Johns (far left) were invited guests on The Breakfast Club on Tuesday. Yoba, 51, brought along his guests, trans activist Carmen Carrera (2nd from left), and healthcare Worker Nala Simone (2nd from right) to discuss transgender issues.

As you know, Yoba is getting backlash for admitting he is attracted to MTF trans, and for urging heterosexual men to consider bedding MtF trans, since, Yoba insists, they are women too.

Johns got the conversation popping by reminding Charlamagne and DJ Envy that they have entertained homophobia and transphobia on The Breakfast Club.

Watch the video below to see how that conversation went.