Queen Latifah Comes Out Of The Closet……Well Not Really.

In a recent interview with Upscale Magazine, Queen Latifah stood in the doorway of her luxurious walk-in closet and said:

“I don’t have to explain anything. I don’t have to confirm anything. Look, I need my time. I need my life. You know, I was looking at something the other day. A magazine with Jennifer Aniston on the cover. That’s a strong woman right there. All of these people in her business-who is she dating? Angie this. Brad that. They come up with so much stuff. That’s a tough situation to be in.

My situation is small compared to that. But still, I don’t feel like I need to explain. I’m the one living it. You write about it. You go ahead and speculate. I’ll just live it. I don’t feel like I need to explain things to a perfect stranger. The people who matter know. And they love me for Dana. I don’t have to tell Joe Blow. Joe, you worry about who YOU sleeping with.”

I’m sorry Dana but that doesn’t wash with me.  Right now, after that I do admire your talent but you, not so much.  Bluntly I think you are being cowardly and selfish by not being open and honest about sexuality. You want to be a celebrity but not have any of the responsibility it entails

Nothing says “I’m a lesbian” like going on about how you absolutely will not say “I’m not a lesbian”. And I don’t get how she thinks the very public relationship she has with her girlfriend — to the point that they now own a house together — is somehow a private matter. God forbid she be proud of her woman or the long-term relationship they’ve built together.

But the worst part of this is that it’s not only about YOU Dana.  You are a public figure, a strong black woman.  But being a strong black PROUD lesbian woman would make you a role model, and especially LGBT youth need someone like that as a role model especially facing all the blacklash, oppression and discrimination they face today.
“The people who matter know.”  Thats not really true at all Dana and you need to realize that.

The downtrodden, oppressed, gay kids who need your guidance matter. And they don’t know.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, journalist and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story,

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4 thoughts on “Queen Latifah Comes Out Of The Closet……Well Not Really.”

  1. I think you need to learn what is and isn't your business. Dana gives what she wants to the world and she is entitled to have some privacy. If you are not sleeping in her bed then this isn't your business.

  2. Okay we'll just wait 10 years until her career starts to slip so she can "officially" come out to jump start it again.

    You know there's nothing to be ashamed of in being a lesbian that you need to hide behind the "personal" wall

  3. What about getting on Johnny Weir's case for not being specific?

    How come you give the white boy a slide, but get on the case of the black woman?

  4. Johnny Wier, who you seem quite fixated on btw, (Evan is that you?) Is hardly as impoortant or powerful a personality as Queen L.

    And Wier SHOULD come out. As well as Kevin Spacey, Ryan Seacreast and others.

    But Queen L. goes out of her way to make it a "private issue"

    Lets suppose, and not to be disrespectful if Queen was bi-racial and was denying her african american heritage and calling it "private" and that "the people who needed to know" knew about it?

    Would you all defend her privacy then?

What do you think?