As you know, Ocean recently published his own open letter, becoming the first hip-hop artist to openly discuss his relationship with another man.
Ocean’s decision to do so could push musical boundaries, however it’s clear that his words may also heal heal a lot of wounds. With that being said, read the poignant words of author Terrance Dean, who knows first hand that there are even more artists out there “Hiding in Hip Hop.”
An open letter to Mr. Christopher Breaux, “Frank Ocean”:
Over the course of the past few days I read on the blogs, and saw a few tweets chattering about an R&B artist coming out. Your name surfaced, along with an interview you did overseas, and then you wrote on Tumblr about a relationship you had four years ago with a young man. You shared how it changed your life, and how that young man was your first love.
Initially, when I first heard the news about an R&B artist coming out I wasn’t moved. I actually thought it was a hoax created by someone. As we all know how well internet gossip fuels outings, pre-mature deaths, and other lies about celebrities. So, I dismissed it. I was waiting for you, or your publicist, to issue their pre-made ready-to-go written statement For Artists Who Are Considered Gay When The Rainbow Is Not Enuff: “I am not gay. I did not come out. I am a heterosexual man, and I love women.” However, that didn’t happen. Continue Reading…