For years now Queen Latifah (Dana Elaine Owens) has lived in a glass closet much to the chagrin of many who believe that Owens would be a great role model and spokesperson for the LGBT community if only she broke down her closet doors.
In a recent interview with Sister 2 Sister magazine, Latifah might actually be doing just that and testing the waters as she describes the type of woman that she finds attractive.
“I just like ladies who have class. Period. And if it’s “T and A” you’re sellin’, that’s fine, as long as that’s what you’re selling. But you don’t have to show everything, you know? You can hold some back and just be yourself and let your personality shine and let your individuality show. To me, that’s sexier. A confident woman is a sexy woman, in my opinion.”
For years Latifah has spent her long public life dodging the question of her sexuality.
In 2007, she gave a flat “no comment” when Ebony asked about long-standing rumors regarding her relationship with her trainer Jeannette Jenkins. “I’m done commenting on all that,” she said. “It’s ridiculous, I know me and that’s all I need to know.” And two years ago, she told Access Hollywood, “They want to make up stories and make me gay all the time and it’s like, ‘Keep running with it.’ I’ve definitely been annoyed by it, but I learned a long time ago that it was pointless to say anything.” But last year Just Jared published photos of Latifah and Jenkins embracing while on vacation together, and the Advocate reported that the two purchased a home together, with both names on the deed
While its a shame that Queen Latifah found it necessary to publicly denied her sexuality for so long. If this is indeed the beginning of her journey out of the closet we are here for you Dana and want to say welcome to the family.
After all, better late then never.