Sex and relationshop advice columnist and self-proclaimed “faggot” Dan Savage is a big advocate of using social media as a way for closeted LGBT people to come out. Changing your “relationship” and “interested in” status on Facebook is a simple and effective means of letting people in your life know that you’re not so straighty-one-eighty, and can be a lot less traumatic than having to have countless conversations.
Frank Ocean may or may not listen to the Savage Lovecast or read Dan Savage’s column, but he did choose to use social networking to announce to the world his sexual orientation last week. His tumblr outing has given the RnB singer lots of attention worldwide. And now the internet is giving back… Fellow buddies from the music community are weighing in their support. Jay-Z wrote a letter late last week on his Life + Times blog called “Thank You, Frank Ocean” and Beyonce also pitched in her support and responded with this poem/image combo:
In short, Be Beyonce.
Even Ocean’s purportedly homophobic Odd Future label mate Tyler the Creator said, “Proud of that n****, cause I know that shit is difficult.”
Although lots of prominent opinionators (like the Terminator but with big words instead of big guns (in both the muscle and weapon sense)) in the RnB community are still silent (*snoops on Kanye’s twitter*)… We’re pretty up for putting our thoughts out there over here at Groupie so we decided it was time for us to weigh in with our two cents.
We created this poem:
Lolz aside, the hip-hop world is reportedly pretty homophobic, so it must have been hard for Frank Ocean to lay it on the line like that. But the average fan/every normal rational human being out there should be way more concerned with his brilliant music. Let’s let this serve as a reminder that it’s what you do, not WHO you do that matters.
Frank Ocean’s debut album, ‘Channel Orange’, has been leaked in the US.
The album officially comes out this Friday the 13th of July.