But, But Why?

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Was asked to write about the idea that it’s harder for Black celebrities to come out of the closet. Don’t agree with the premise, but did address the question at hand:

In a 2010 interview with Upscale magazine, Queen Latifah made her thoughts on speculation about her sexuality in the media clear: “I don’t feel like I need to explain things to a perfect stranger,” she said. “The people who matter know. And they love me for Dana. I don’t have to tell Joe Blow. Joe, you worry about who you sleeping with.”

She has yet to offer the full explanation many have pleaded with her to provide, though during a performance at a gay pride event in Long Beach, California, the multi-hyphenated entertainer told a crowd “I’ve been waiting to do this for a long time” and added “Y’all my peeps, I love you!”

Some sites have tried to stretch this into a confirmation that she is a lesbian, but it’s more like another nod to a suspicion without offering any real specification. Regardless of how many feel about it, such actions are within Latifah’s rights. She doesn’t owe us anything. She never did.

Still, I understand writers like Tracy Garraud hoping someone of Latifah’s stature would opt for a moresocially responsible openness about her sexuality and offer black lesbians the kind of visibility currently missing from the media. Another missed opportunity came recently with Raven-Symoné, who took to Twitter to respond to a National Enquirer story that she is currently dating America’s Next Top Modelcontestant AzMarie Livingston.

Read more at theGrio.

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