Queer Music News: Hip-hop artist Y-Love comes out, Jay-Z is pro-gay marriage, so is Will Smith

Posted on 15 May 2012 at 2:39pm

The buzz is out on the Twitter-verse and Interwebs about rapper Y-Love coming out officially. The black, Jewish rapper has added gay to the list in his interview with Out.com today. Burdened with a public identity in a hip-hop world, he decided enough was enough and him coming out would serve a bigger purpose. From Out.com:

When asked if he decided it was time to come out publicly because of all the positive discourse in the press as of late, Jordan says his catalyst was actually the opposite. “It’s because of the negative backlash that’s coming. Because people like Michele Bachmann’s husband are still pedaling ex-gay therapy. Because there are kids that are jumping out of their school windows. I know what it feels like, and so I have to say something.”

Over the past few months, Jordan says he’s been coming out to close friends, but he’s urged them not to post anything on social media sites so he could still maintain his previous reputation. Now he’s ready to tell the world.

“I’ve dealt with racism; I’ve dealt with discrimination,” Jordan explains. “I want to be there at that gay pride festival, for that kid who has a baseball cap over his yarmulke. I know what it feels like to have to hide.”

In an interview with CNN yesterday, Jay-Z backed Obama’s stance on gay marriage. From CNN.com:

“I’ve always thought it as something that was still, um, holding the country back,” Jay-Z said of not allowing same-sex coupled to wed. “What people do in their own homes is their business and you can choose to love whoever you love. That’s their business. [It] is no different than discriminating against blacks. It’s discrimination plain and simple.”

Clinton Yates did an interesting think-piece today on Jay-Z’s stance here at the Washington Post discussing homosexuality in a hip-hop landscape.

Will Smith also mentioned his support of same-sex marriage in an interview with the Associated Press on Monday. Calling Obama’s announcement a brave move, Smith shared his thoughts on the subject. From AP:

The Hollywood actor says the question of whether gay people should be allowed to legally marry is “about semantics.”

He told reporters in Berlin on Monday that “if anybody can find someone to love them and to help them through this difficult thing that we call life, I support that in any shape or form.”

Although I hope this means we don’t have to go out and download “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.”

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