Frank Ocean came out!
Did everyone have a happy Independence Day? We sure as hell did, because we got to take ONE WHOLE DAY OFF! Yes, even me, the dirty, pinko, commie Canadian got to take the day off. BOOM! Independence Day! Anyway, fittingly enough, yesterday Frank Ocean from Odd Future Records announced his own form of independence by coming out of the closet, either as bisexual or gay, which pretty much marks the first time a mainstream rap artist has come out during his career. This is kind of a BFD. MTV reports:
After Odd Future crooner Frank Ocean posted a heartfelt letter on his Tumblr Wednesday morning detailing his past relationship with a man, the “Novacane” singer earned props from a few of his peers. One of the first to back Ocean up was Odd Future major domo Tyler, the Creator, who offered support in his own unique, irreverent way. “My big brother finally f—-ing did that,” tweeted Tyler on Wednesday. “Proud of that n—-a cause I know that sh— is difficult or whatever. Anyway. I’m a toilet.”
Def Jam Records co-founder Russell Simmons also hailed the brave action by Ocean to discuss his same-sex first love in light of the history of latent homophobia in hip-hop. In a post entitled “The Courage of Frank Ocean Just Changed the Game!” Simmons wrote, “Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we? I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do.”
So basically, one of the most talented performers from one of the most respected groups right now just came out of the closet and so far the response has generally been positive? I think this is what is known in certain circles as a huge win. Yay acceptance and talent!
Anderson Cooper came out!
It’s kind of been the worst kept secret in the world that silver fox Anderson Cooper is gay. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (because let’s face it: if you’re homophobic, you are clearly reading the wrong blog.) but still, it’s been pretty common knowledge that Anderson was gay, and although he never addressed it on air or in his work, was pretty much open about it in his personal life. And now, in an email to Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Beast (that was printed with Cooper’s permission, FYI) it looks like he’s finally coming out publicly.
The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud. I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.
[…] I love, and I am loved.
In my opinion, the ability to love another person is one of God’s greatest gifts, and I thank God every day for enabling me to give and share love with the people in my life. I appreciate your asking me to weigh in on this, and I would be happy for you to share my thoughts with your readers. I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.
While I don’t necessarily think staying in the closet is the best thing you can do, I do at least respect the reason why he did it: he’s a journalist, and as such, it’s his job to report the news, rather than be the news. Which I appreciate, considering the current climate for political discourse is grabbing any idiot reality TV star you can find and then giving them enough money until crazy comes pouring out of their face.
Zachary Quinto comes out as gay?
I just got back from Mayer Hawthorne's fabulous show down at The Roxy (my favorite LA venue) and I came home to this totally delicious bit of gossip concerning super hottie Zachary Quinto. Apparently the actor (probably best know for his role on NBC’s series Heroes and playing Spock in 2009’s Star Trek reboot) has come out of the closet, declaring he’s gay in a brand new interview featured in the latest issue of New York magazine! If this is indeed true, then kudos to Zachary (who in the past was romantically linked to Rumer Willis and Hayden Panettiere) for his bravery in declaring himself a proud gay man in Hollywood, not necessarily the easiest thing to do these days. Especially for actors and actresses who unfortunately still need to consider what coming out might mean to their careers. Yet there’s always strength in numbers, which definitely helps others who might be struggling with the same issue.
Zachary Quinto, best known for starring on the NBC show Heroes and playing Spock in the Star Trek remake, has come out of the closet in the upcoming issue of New York magazine, according to one of its editors. Mark Harris, an editor at the weekly, tweeted, “Congratulations to Zachary Quinto, out and proud in the new issue of New York magazine.” Just a year ago, when asked in a New York Times article about Internet rumors about his sexuality, Quinto told the paper, “The fact that these things are such hot-button issues right now, socially and politically, I would much rather talk about that than talk about who I sleep with.” SOURCE
UPDATE The interview is now live on nymag.com, it’s true Zachary is gay!
For one thing, he’s willing to unambiguously talk about his sexual orientation. His eight-month role in Angels in America was both “the most challenging thing I’ve ever done as an actor and the most rewarding” he says. Having to inhabit that terrible lost world, if only in his mind, took a toll. “And at the same time, as a gay man, it made me feel like there’s still so much work to be done, and there’s still so many things that need to be looked at and addressed.” SOURCE