Breaking out as the comic relief in 2018’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Justin Smith (b. 1996) segued to leading-man this year with Genera+ion — HBO’s Gen Z drama about sexuality and identity. “The best parts of “Genera+ion” elevate the beauty of the expression of various forms of “normal,” reminding people that the definition of the word is different for everyone.” – Brian Tallerico for www.rottentomatos.com
In June 2020, amid last summer’s racial justice protests, Smith went public with his sexuality, coming out as queer on Instagram after participating in the Black Lives Matter protest in New Orleans.
“As a Black queer man myself, I was disappointed to see certain people eager to say Black Lives Matter but hold their tongue when Trans/Queer was added. … If your revolution does not include Black queer voices, it is anti-Black.”