Perhaps inspired by Anderson Cooper‘s recent declaration of homosexuality, R&B singer and songwriter (and Crushable 25 Under 25′er) Frank Ocean has decided to follow suit and come out as queer to the general public. He did so in a heartfelt story posted to his Tumblr last night.
The full text can be read here, but the basic gist of it is this: when Frank was 19, he fell in love for the first time, and it was with a dude. The two spent a lot of quality time together, but the romantic tension remained unspoken. Eventually he told his friend how he felt, but his friend (who had a girlfriend) said he didn’t like him in that way, and Frank was sad. (Like, really sad.) Fast forward to a few years later, and Frank has processed his complicated emotions into some very good songs. He feels thankful to everyone who helped him out along the way, including his first love, his mother, and his close friends:
Before writing this I’d told some people my story. I’m sure these people kept me alive, kept me sae. Sincerely, these are the folk I wanna thank from the floor of my heart. Every one of you knows who you are…great humans, probably angels. I don’t know what happens now, and that’s alrite. I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore. There’s probably some small shit still, but you know what I mean.
And what does Odd Future‘s infamously obnoxious ring leader Tyler The Creator, who really likes to say the word “faggot,” think about this?
That might be the most sincere tweet Tyler’s ever published! I guess he really doesn’t hate LGBT people after all. He’s probably still going to say slurs about them in his raps, though, because his entire schtick is being “edgy” by saying things you are not supposed to say. The fact that you’re not supposed to say them because they really fucking hurt people will most likely remain lost on him.
Anyway, I wish Frank Ocean nothing but the best of luck in love, life, etc. It obviously wasn’t easy for him to do this, especially considering that while much progress has been made, homophobia is still a real problem in the world of hip-hop. The more high profile figures who come out as LGBT, the less of a big deal it will be, and it doesn’t get that much higher profile than working with Jay-Z and Kanye West. Kudos to him for showing LGBT kids everywhere what it means to be open and brave. And considering he doesn’t fit many stereotypes of dudes who like dudes, he’s also showing them that there’s no single way to be bisexual. Or gay…he leaves it somewhat open to interpretation. Maybe his forthcoming album will tell us more!
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