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I too commend anyone with "status" who comes out, but I think it is a personal choice. Who are we to demand or expect ANYONE to expose their personal lives so we can be proud or feel good? When are we going to get it that it is not necessary to COME OUT in order to be okay with yourself or your sexuality? Who gives a damn if the QUEEN is a lesbian? Let's lift up her work and celebrate her accomplishments. Don't others tear us down and apart enough? Now if she lesbian and decided to tell us, I will be the first to embrace her. But I don't want her to jeopardize her career so that we can say there is one more gay person than we knew about. We can pretend all we want, but we know that the moment a person acknowledges they are gay, the media runs it into the ground and it certainly has an affect on their career. Now white stars have an easier time than we do.....Primarily, because we "black people" beat our own people down quicker than any other race does. Now really, if Queen Latifah came out tomorrow, we would all be proud and feel all warm inside, but where would we be when her roles started to disappear? Who we all take off work and go protest the studios to include the “black lesbian”? I think not….. While I believe in strength in numbers, we don’t have the numbers!!! Although some would, the majority of our straight black folks would not rally behind the few of us that would actually do something….. So, if the sista says she is at peace with herself and her sexuality, leave her the hell alone!! I can remember reading an article when Jasymne said “I had to lose weight when I was ready. I could not conform to what society wanted me to look like. So when I was ready and in the right space, I decided to do it.” So why can’t she (Jasmyne) grant others the same SPACE? I am not singling out Jasmyne (she just happened to write about it), but I’ve heard it from countless gay & lesbian people……“I don’t respect this person because they won’t come out the closet….They could be a role model”. Well damn it, Queen Latifah is a role model….Especially if she is a lesbian……..She is showing us how to stay in the game…..how to handle your business and enjoy your love! I don’t know about you, but most of my role models and people I look up to are NOT gay. By insisting that someone tell you that they are gay or not before you respect them……means that you want to define them by their sexuality…..BIG MISTAKE!!!!!

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I too commend anyone with "status" who comes out, but I think it is a personal choice. Who are we to demand or expect ANYONE to expose their personal lives so we can be proud or feel good? When are we going to get it that it is not necessary to COME OUT in order to be okay with yourself or your sexuality? Who gives a damn if the QUEEN is a lesbian? Let's lift up her work and celebrate her accomplishments. Don't others tear us down and apart enough? Now if she lesbian and decided to tell us, I will be the first to embrace her. But I don't want her to jeopardize her career so that we can say there is one more gay person than we knew about. We can pretend all we want, but we know that the moment a person acknowledges they are gay, the media runs it into the ground and it certainly has an affect on their career. Now white stars have an easier time than we do.....Primarily, because we "black people" beat our own people down quicker than any other race does. Now really, if Queen Latifah came out tomorrow, we would all be proud and feel all warm inside, but where would we be when her roles started to disappear? Who we all take off work and go protest the studios to include the “black lesbian”? I think not….. While I believe in strength in numbers, we don’t have the numbers!!! Although some would, the majority of our straight black folks would not rally behind the few of us that would actually do something….. So, if the sista says she is at peace with herself and her sexuality, leave her the hell alone!! I can remember reading an article when Jasymne said “I had to lose weight when I was ready. I could not conform to what society wanted me to look like. So when I was ready and in the right space, I decided to do it.” So why can’t she (Jasmyne) grant others the same SPACE? I am not singling out Jasmyne (she just happened to write about it), but I’ve heard it from countless gay & lesbian people……“I don’t respect this person because they won’t come out the closet….They could be a role model”. Well damn it, Queen Latifah is a role model….Especially if she is a lesbian……..She is showing us how to stay in the game…..how to handle your business and enjoy your love! I don’t know about you, but most of my role models and people I look up to are NOT gay. By insisting that someone tell you that they are gay or not before you respect them……means that you want to define them by their sexuality…..BIG MISTAKE!!!!!

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People have struggles in LIFE PERIOD.
And it is not to judge anyone. I commend Rahsaan for coming forth. However if he never come forward that's fine also. I support the musical talent, He is not a GAY ARTIST But an artist and it should re respected!. We all have our own cross to bear and daily struggles.

Jasmyne:I love you and this blog...
But please don't become a PEREZ HILTON about outing!

GOD BLESS RAHSAAN AND STAY STRONG!

Moo

Rashaan makes some brilliant music. I heard his song "Burnin'" on his website a while ago and got hooked. Go get it! (also available at lastfm.com)

And this remark by Jasmyne was spot on and hilarious:

"Some, like blogger Jasmyne Cannick insist that if she were straight, she would just say so."

At times I hate that freedom that straight people have to answer that question without thinking. If a person is gay or bisexual, they have to concoct something clever about "private life being private" or "loving the person, not the gender".

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I'm in no position to critique any survivor of sexual abuse or child molestation, but describing his sexuality as "a spirit [that} attaches itself to you" is problematic.

I'm glad he's gotten this far on his journey to start a dialogue in the press, but it seems to me like he has a ways to go towards wellness.

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