Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew aired a clip of Leiomy walking out of rehearsal while venting her frustrations being the only transgender contestant. She performed with her group, Vogue Evolution, but was met with surprising criticism from Lil' Mama afterward:
"Leiomy, come on. Your behaviorÖ itís unacceptable. I just feel that you always have to remember your truth. You were born a man and you are becoming a woman. If youíre going to become a woman, act like a lady. Donít be a bird, like ĎOh my god, Iím not doing this!í You know what Iím saying? It gets too crazy and it gets confusing. Youíre doing this for America. Even though youíre the face for transgenders, youíre the face of America right now with this group and itís not about anybody else. Itís about yíall. You know what Iím saying? So do it for the team. Do it for the team," Lil' Mama said.
Lil' Mama has been a fan of Vogue Evolution since the season began, frequently saying she "lives" for the crew. She issued an apology for her comments to media watchdog GLADD stating that her remarks "were never meant to be disrespectful regarding Leiomy's gender nor offensive to the LGBT community, which has been a community that has supported me in all my endeavors."
GLAAD Senior Director of Media Programs Rashad Robinson criticized Lil' Mama's on-air comments as imposing "standards of conformity for gender identity and expression." In a statement, Robinson went on to say, "Transgender people, particularly transgender women of color, become targets of discrimination and violence when inaccuracies and acts of insult like this are advanced. Contrary to what was said on the program, as an openly transgender woman and dance contestant, Leiomy is living her truth."
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Image: Vogue Evolution member Leiomy Maldonado.