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Sir Stefwhit
May 26th, 2012, 03:22 AM
http://www.sohh.com/2012/05/queen_of_hip-hop_declares_shes_out_proud.html

After years of keeping her sexual identity behind closed doors, Queen Latifah admitted the LGBT people are her 'peeps' during a show at the 2012 Long Beach Pride. Queen Latifah's latest show must have been quite liberating for her. At the 2012 Long Beach Pride event in California last weekend, the 42-year-old award-winning singer, rapper and actress officially came out as gay. "Y'all my peeps (people)," she said, referring to the LGBT community. "I love you!" The Queen performed to a crowd of about 1,000 people for more than an hour, telling them to "keep your support system tight" and also warning about keeping safe from STDs. "Thank you to all my favorite peep guests who came out to support me. I appreciate it. I love you so much. Hope you had a beautiful time," she said. "Y'all be safe whatever y'all get into tonight. Boys -- strap it up. Ladies -- strap it up." (Hollywood Life)

As the 4th largest gay pride celebration in the country, the Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride event takes place every year and draws tens of thousands of folks from all over. When Latifah took the stage, she sang memorable hits, such as U.N.I.T.Y. and "Ladies First." She reportedly was full of energy, vibrancy, and echoed positive verses as "conquer hate with love." The oft-gossiped-about performer, who has been haunted by years of whispers about her cloaked sexuality, said, "I've been waiting to do this for a long time," and then added that she was proud to be among "her people." (News One)

She told the audience "I've been waiting to do this for a long time" and "Y'all my peeps. I love you!" Of course, those comments could be taken as simply being friendly as any performer, straight or gay, might in establishing rapport with the audience. But she also was reported to have said that she was proud to be among "my people" that evening. She also made several inspirational comments between songs, such as "Let your inner light shine in the world" and "Conquer hate with love". Was it her coming out? Perhaps. It could be her first tentative steps towards edging out of the closet. But we'll have to wait for much more definitive announcement to know for certain. (Straight)

tennisbum79
May 26th, 2012, 03:24 AM
Why did she wait so long?

Super Dave
May 26th, 2012, 03:32 AM
Oh, I thought this was well, well known.

ElusiveChanteuse
May 26th, 2012, 03:35 AM
I didn't know.:eek:

tennisbum79
May 26th, 2012, 03:36 AM
Oh, I thought this was well, well known.
I too thought so.
Apparently, only Queen Latifah did not know we knew.

I guess we have now to apologize for jumping the gun in our head:)

Sir Stefwhit
May 26th, 2012, 03:41 AM
I too thought so.
Apparently, only Queen Latifah did not know know.

I guess we have now to apologize for jumping the gun in our head:)

It's one thing for us to think (and know) and for her to never deny, but it's a whole new ball game for her to publicly admit it.

Everyone is on their own journey and apparently she's reached a place in her life where she wants to be open with the world.

plantman
May 26th, 2012, 03:43 AM
People began to speculate after this coverage several years ago.


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plantman
May 26th, 2012, 03:44 AM
It's one thing for us to think (and know) and for her to never deny, but it's a whole new ball game for her to publicly admit it.

Everyone is on their own journey and apparently she's reached a place in her life where she wants to be open with the world.

Well said!

Rocketta
May 26th, 2012, 04:15 AM
I think those of us who have followed her career from the early days knew but I don't think her new fans from the 'Chicago'/singing standards era may know. So this may be a shock to them? :shrug:

However, good for her... seems like she maybe tired of just appearing to be asexual in public.

Maddox
May 26th, 2012, 04:27 AM
At last, I'm proud of her.

Now waiting for Missy Elliott

tennis-insomniac
May 26th, 2012, 05:14 AM
Queen Latifah :cheer: Good for her!

Stamp Paid
May 26th, 2012, 07:28 AM
Yes, Queen! Love you.

Ellen Dawson
May 26th, 2012, 09:12 AM
QL didn't actually come out. She just put her feet in the water. I don't know if her talk show pilot was sold but if it was, I think she'll officially come out when (or shortly after) it debuts. This was huge for her, I'm sure, but like many of you said, Queen Latifah being a lesbian is one of Hollywood's worst kept secrets. ;)

P.S. I wonder who's next!

tennisbum79
May 26th, 2012, 09:36 AM
P.S. I wonder who's next!
I bet at least 1 male anchor from FOXNews

Mynarco
May 26th, 2012, 09:43 AM
QL didn't actually come out. She just put her feet in the water. I don't know if her talk show pilot was sold but if it was, I think she'll officially come out when (or shortly after) it debuts. This was huge for her, I'm sure, but like many of you said, Queen Latifah being a lesbian is one of Hollywood's worst kept secrets. ;)

P.S. I wonder who's next!

Marcus Bachmann

The Dawntreader
May 26th, 2012, 10:11 AM
If anyone had seen her in Chicago, It's no shock.

WowWow
May 26th, 2012, 10:16 AM
No she didn't.

WowWow
May 26th, 2012, 10:17 AM
Marcus Bachmann

:cheer:

pov
May 26th, 2012, 02:10 PM
Was it her coming out? Perhaps. It could be her first tentative steps towards edging out of the closet. But we'll have to wait for much more definitive announcement to know for certain.
Nuff said. The woman may be L or Bi but so far she hasn't said that she isn't straight. It's kinda sad that many people still get all hyped up whenever some celebrity may be homosexual.

Sammo
May 26th, 2012, 02:46 PM
I actually thought she was already out, like Jim Parsons :lol:

donellcarey
May 26th, 2012, 02:50 PM
:speakles:

But good 4 her, I hope she finds the right one:)

WowWow
May 26th, 2012, 05:07 PM
Nuff said. The woman may be L or Bi but so far she hasn't said that she isn't straight. It's kinda sad that many people still get all hyped up whenever some celebrity may be homosexual.

What's sad about that?

Nicolás89
May 26th, 2012, 05:13 PM
I think those of us who have followed her career from the early days knew but I don't think her new fans from the 'Chicago'/singing standards era may know. So this may be a shock to them? :shrug:

However, good for her... seems like she maybe tired of just appearing to be asexual in public.

Well her charater in Chicago was a lesbian so...:lol:

Rocketta
May 26th, 2012, 05:33 PM
Well her charater in Chicago was a lesbian so...:lol:

um do we really want to consider someone who is crazy enough attribute someone's sexuality based on a character they play? :lol: They wouldn't count. ;)

Nicolás89
May 26th, 2012, 05:35 PM
um do we really want to consider someone who is crazy enough attribute someone's sexuality based on a character they play? :lol: They wouldn't count. ;)

Yea that's my thing. :rolleyes:

mykarma
May 26th, 2012, 06:02 PM
Why did she wait so long?
I thought she was already out. :shrug:

Rocketta
May 26th, 2012, 06:12 PM
Sometimes, certain celebrities are so liked by their co-workers or the establishment that they are able to live their lives semi-out. I use Luther Vandross as an example. He really didn't have to answer that question in interviews or there weren't endless number of articles calling him gay eventhough everyone in the industry knew. I think this is how it is with Queen Latifah, she seems to be just that well liked from all sides. :shrug:

JN
May 26th, 2012, 06:32 PM
And in 'Set It Off'... :lol:

... which means nothing, of course. ;)

Sammo
May 26th, 2012, 08:14 PM
She's made me LOL many times :lol::worship:

vBnNUTOvtNU

Stamp Paid
May 26th, 2012, 08:26 PM
Even if shes just dipping her toes in the lake, this is a BIG step for her. Still love Queen.

In The Zone
May 26th, 2012, 09:10 PM
The Queen was never actually "in" the closet, though. Same thing as Jim Parsons. Slow day for headlines I guess! :lol:

Hopefully there will be a day where someone's sexuality is no longer a headline. No gay person should have to announce they are homosexual. Heterosexuals don't confirm they are heterosexual - they just live.

Sir Stefwhit
May 26th, 2012, 09:34 PM
The Queen was never actually "in" the closet, though. Same thing as Jim Parsons. Slow day for headlines I guess! :lol:

Hopefully there will be a day where someone's sexuality is no longer a headline. No gay person should have to announce they are homosexual. Heterosexuals don't confirm they are heterosexual - they just live.

You're the second person in this thread to express that sentiment, but honestly you miss the bigger picture. *It's not about reaching a day when people in the public eye no longer have to discuss their sexuality, it's about the day where kids discover theirs that they don't have to feel shame.

In terms of school climate, "approximately 25 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and university employees have been harassed due to their sexual orientation, as well as a third of those who identify as transgender, according to the study and reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education.". And as it's well been documented, gay teens are more than three times more likely to commit suicide.

Seeing someone u look up to "coming out" gives kids validation, let's them know they're not alone. *And maybe it will also sway people who would otherwise be bullies as well. *It's important having role models and seeing people like urself. *

Now don't get me wrong, it's not any one celebrities responsibility to "come out"- I don't believe in outing anyone. *I'm just saying when they do come out a lot of good can come from it and therefore it is news worthy and significant. *I wish more athletes could be brave enough to come out, talk about breaking down stereo-types!

In The Zone
May 26th, 2012, 09:40 PM
You're the second person in this thread to express that sentiment, but honestly you miss the bigger picture. *It's not about reaching a day when people in the public eye no longer have to discuss their sexuality, it's about the day where kids discover theirs that they don't have to feel shame.

In terms of school climate, "approximately 25 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and university employees have been harassed due to their sexual orientation, as well as a third of those who identify as transgender, according to the study and reported by the Chronicle of Higher Education.". And as it's well been documented, gay teens are more than three times more likely to commit suicide.

Seeing someone u look up to "coming out" gives kids validation, let's them know they're not alone. *And maybe it will also sway people who would otherwise be bullies as well. *It's important having role models and seeing people like urself. *

Now don't get me wrong, it's not any one celebrities responsibility to "come out"- I don't believe in outing anyone. *I'm just saying when they do come out a lot of good can come from it and therefore it is news worthy and significant. *I wish more athletes could be brave enough to come out, talk about breaking down stereo-types!

Interesting take on it. Good point.

swissmr
May 26th, 2012, 10:46 PM
Wow, Queen Latifah and Jim Parsons in the same week! Didn't think my heart could take such shock ;)

Seriously though, it is 2012, there shouldn't even be a 'closet' any more. I hate that 'coming out' still makes headlines. Give it a few more years and hopefully that won't be the case.

HippityHop
May 27th, 2012, 01:39 AM
I bet at least 1 male anchor from FOXNews

Shep Smith?

Well one on CNN has already come out and the other biggie on CNN ain't fooling nobody. He ain't fooling a single soul. :angel:

Halepsova
May 27th, 2012, 06:01 PM
I knew she was gay since the movie Set It Off.

tonythetiger
May 28th, 2012, 03:58 AM
I wouldn't call that a coming out statement. But, at any rate, did anybody actually ever think she was straight?

dybbuk
May 28th, 2012, 04:05 AM
Nuff said. The woman may be L or Bi but so far she hasn't said that she isn't straight. It's kinda sad that many people still get all hyped up whenever some celebrity may be homosexual.

If you're talking about the media circus I agree. But if you're asking why some people care or get excited I wholeheartedly disagree. The fact still remains that LGBT people are still underrepresented in the media and pop culture (especially LGBT people of color, so this would be significant imo) and I don't think we can discount the LGBT youth or even adults that really would like to see successful, healthy, beloved people like them in the media. Though I would agree that I can only hope for the day where a little black gay girl doesn't care much about this because she can see many people she can identify with.

McPie
May 28th, 2012, 08:34 AM
:)