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Frank Ocean Of The Hip Hop Group ODD FUTURE Comes Out

Frank Ocean singer, songwriter and a ghostwriter for Justin Bieber, Beyonce, John Legend and best known for his work with Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, often abbreviated to OFWGKTA or simply Odd Future, an American alternative hip hop collective from Los Angeles.

Bossip.com recently ran a blind item suggesting Frank Ocean  was prepping for a coming out party.

There’s been plenty of speculation about this hot young r&b star’s   sexuality, but most of it has been drowned out by the adoration by fans  and  famous alike. After keeping folks guessing in 2011, this soul singer  will  answer any questions about which team he’s swinging for with his  upcoming  musical release.

Last night Ocean confirmed his “coming out” with a posting on his Tumblr account and posting the link on Twitter to letter he wrote last December which are suspected to be the liner notes to his new album.

Whoever you are, wherever you are, I’m starting to think we’re a lot alike.  Human beings spinning on blackness.  All wanting to be seen, touched, heard, paid attention to.  My loved ones are everything to me here.  In the last year or 3 I’ve screamed at my creator.  Screamed at clouds in the sky.  For some explanation.  Mercy maybe.  For peace of mind to rain like manna somehow.  4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence..until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling.  No choice.  It was my first love, it changed my life.  Back then my mind would wander to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and though I was in love with.  I reminisced about the sentimental songs I enjoyed when I was a teenager..the ones I played when I experienced a girlfriend for the first time.  I realized they were written in a language I did not yet speak.  I realized too much too quickly.  Imagine being thrown from a plane.  I wasn’t in a plane though.  I was in a Nissan Maxima, the same car I packed up with bags and drove to Los Angeles in. I sat there and told my friend how I felt. I wept as the words left my mouth. I grieved for them, knowing I could never take them back for myself. He patted my back. He said kind things. He did his best, but he wouldn’t admit the same. He had to go back inside soon. It was late and his girlfriend was waiting for him upstairs. He wouldn’t tell me the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years. I felt like I’d only imagined reciprocity for years. Now imagine being thrown from a cliff. No, I wasn’t on a cliff, I was still in my car telling myself it was gonna be fine and to take deep breaths. I took the breaths and carried on. I kept up a peculiar friendship with him because I couldn’t imagine keeping up my life without him. I struggled to master myself and my emotions. I wasn’t always successful.
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The dance went on.  I kept the rhythm for several summers after.  It’s winter now.   I’m typing this on a plane back to Los Angeles from New Orleans.  I flew home for another marred Christmas.  I have a windowseat.  It’s December 27, 2001. By now I’ve written two albums, this being the second. I wrote to keep myself busy and sane. I wanted to create worlds that were rosier than mine. I tried to channel overwhelming emotions. I’m surprised at how far all of it has taken me.  Before writing this I’d told some people my story. I’m sure these people kept me alive, kept me safe.. sincerely, these are the folks I wanna thank from the floor of my heart. Everyone of you knows who you are.. great humans, probably angels. I don’t know what happens now, and that’s alrite. I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore. There’s probably some small shit still, but you know what I mean. I was never alone, as much as I felt like it.. as much as I still do sometimes. I never was. I don’t think I ever could be. Thanks. To my first love. I’m grateful for you. Grateful that even though it wasn’t what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was. Some things never are.. and we were. I won’t forget you. I won’t forget the summer. I’ll remember who I was when I met you.  I’ll remember who you were and how we’ve both changed and stayed the same.   I’ve never had more respect for life and living than I have right now.   Maybe it takes a near death experience to feel alive.  Thanks. To my mother, you raised me strong. I know I’m only braved because you were first.. so thank you. All of you. For everything good. I feel like a free man. If I listen closely.. I can hear the sky falling too.
I love his statement, very moving, very real, and very poetic.  And I’m sure this reveal is a weight off his shoulders on a personal level.
Bravo to Frank Ocean for having the courage to stand up and come out and hopefully to his becoming a role model to young hip-hop fans and teaching love and tolerance to all.

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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