Philly LGBTQ pride flag gets red carpet treatment at Met Gala

Actress and writer Lena Waithe steps out in rainbow cape Monday night.

Eric Walter
May 08, 2018 - 11:10 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Given the complicated relationship world religions have had with the LGBTQ community, not everyone would have felt at home wearing a rainbow flag at Monday nights' Catholic Church-inspired Met Gala.

However, Lena Waithe, a writer and actress on Netflix's "Master of None," creator of the Showtime series "The Chi," and the first black woman to win an Emmy for writing in a comedy series, showed up at the red-carpet event Monday night draped in a pride flag cape.

Amber Hikes, executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, noticed something a little extra on Waithe's getup: The design included a black and a brown stripe, just like Philadelphia's newly adopted iteration of the LGBTQ pride flag.

The addition of the two stripes to the flag, indended to cue racial inclusivity but seen by some as divisive, caused a stir last summer

Waithe told Liza Koshy Monday for Vogue magazine, "In my Emmy speech, I mentoned putting on imaginary capes. Tonight this cape is not imaginary. It's rainbow colored. And we've got the black and brown. You know, I'm repping my commuinity. And I want everybody to know that you can be whoever you are and be completely proud and be doing it, so ... wear the damn cape." 

She added, "Let's not be afraid of who we are."

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Waithe is no stranger to Philadelphia's #MoreColorMorePride campaign. Hikes tweeted a picture of the actress and writer wearing a pin from the campaign.