‘Your Letter is Revolutionary:’ Celebs Show Public Support of Frank Ocean After He Admits Homosexuality

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July 5, 2012 ‐ By Alissa Henry

Source: rap-up.com

In a move that can only be envied by other celebrities wishing to control their own narratives, yesterday Frank Ocean eloquently answered the sexuality question. The singer/songwriter silenced speculation by posting on his Tumblr page that his first love was a man.

He wrote in part:

4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide….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….I don’t have any secrets I need to keep anymore. . . . I feel like a free man.”

Frank explained via Tumblr page that he wrote the piece back in December and intended to put it in the liner notes of his new album Channel Orange, but “with all the rumors going round.. [he] figured it’d be good to clarify..”.

The response to Frank’s admission was swift and ranged the full spectrum of support to disgust. However, several celebrities came out in support of the singer’s sexuality and the fact that he revealed it.

Hip Hop Mogul and motivational tweeter Russel Simmons wrote “The Courage Of Frank Ocean Just Changed The Game!” on GlobalGrind.com saying:

Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. His gifts are undeniable.  His talent, enormous.  His bravery, incredible.  His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people.

Author dream hampton wrote on her own Tumblr page a thank you to Frank Ocean saying:

We are all made better by your decision to share publicly…We admire the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out, not only as a bisexual Black man, but as a broken hearted one….A million twirls on this spinning ocean blue globe in this vast endless blackness for you my love.

dream hampton also said that when she emailed her letter to Jay-Z, he immediately posted it on his website as a show of support for Frank.

Other celebrities took to Twitter to express their support.

"Columbus Short Tweets In Support of Frank Ocean"

 "Solange Tweets about Frank Ocean"

"Cormega tweets about Frank Ocean"

"Somaya Reece tweets about Frank Ocean"

The response to Frank Ocean is still in it’s infant stages, but right now the glitterati seems to be shouting down – or silencing altogether – any high-profile negative response. It will be interesting to see if Frank’s courage inspires any other artists to come out of their closets soon or if they’ll just stand muted on the sidelines observing Frank’s repercussions.

What do you think? Were you surprised by the support of some celebs and/or the deafening silence of others?

Follow Alissa Henry on Twitter @AlissaInPink

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  • Pfft

    I’m glad he’s honest with himself. Everyone should be. On the flip side, I don’t think I’d buy his new album. Not exactly my thing, but something tells me he will not be short on followers.

  • Pfft

    I’m glad he’s honest with himself. Everyone should be. On the flip side, I don’t think I’d buy his new album. Not exactly my thing, but something tells me he will not be short on followers.

  • Anna

    Now we are just waiting for the other black male artist to “come out” (lil wayne, baby, chris brown,diddy, usher, diddy, bow wow, omarion, RUSSELL SIMMONS, etc).

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  • Hakeem brooks

    Why do people think that some are “afraid” of gay? That is ridiculous. But I don’t know a single straight man who will want to listen to a gay man sing or rap about another man. I’m sure he’ll have a following, but not for the masses.

    • Lisa

      Ummmmm, I’m a woman and I don’t want to hear a love song about 2 men or 2 women.

  • Ladybug94

    Ok, I don’t listen to any of the current music so can someone tell me who Frank Ocean is? Thanks.

  • ElvisWasAHero2Most

    I’m not the biggest fan of his work (nor this whole overly sexual R&B genre that he and The Weekend have created) but I will say big ups for being bold enough to keep it real. All you lame rappers need to take note. I predict most of Ocean’s fans, even those who are indifferent towards him, will respect Ocean for the disclosure and likely lead to more listeners for him.

  • Mia

    I wrote on another board that what is most poignant about Frank coming out, is his physical resemblance to Kenny Greene of Intro who lived his life miserably trapped in the closet and sadly died of aids. I am so proud of Frank for having the courage to be himself..

  • Blush

    Personally*

  • Blush

    Just glad his life wont b a shadow of a reality & really glad he said it early on cuz now we can focus on his talent. Hes so gifted & yes the letter was poetic & warm. Whether we as christians/individuals accepts his sexuality personality…its not up to us & really…he was brave as hell to say ot to the world like “cast ur stones”. Luv him.

  • BabaPuppe

    MN just wanted to let you know Frank is bisexual and I’m pretty sure his current girlfriend knew about this way way way before any of us did.

  • baddvixentype

    let me just say i still love him and he is still fine. that is all. :)

  • alli1234

    Im tired of hearing about this, he gay big deal. It is 2012 people. America has bigger trouble than worrying about who people love. It should not be taboo for one to be gay. We should no longer have a say so who one should love or marry. Just enjoy his music and not care about what gender he prefers to be with.

    • Liyah W

      With this move, we’re getting there. We’re getting there. Revolution takes time.

      • allie1234

        It should not have to take a revolution. who you love is nobody business except you and your lover. Im not gay but it upset me when people try to have a say so

  • WHOISBSQUARED?

    IMA ALWAYS LOVE FRANK………….DAYUM I JUST WISH HE DIDN’T PREFER MEN……CUZ I WANTED EM LOL………THEM DUDES IZ LUCKY LMAO

  • Kaay

    Glad he’s out! Now when can we get back to just talkin bout how good his music is?

  • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

    I think he’s the bomb, and his personal life shouldn’t overshadow the great work that he puts out, so I’ll keep rocking with him! I agree, it was very brave of him to do this, especially as someone in the industry, where it seems like it’s almost taboo to talk about this topic. I hope that him doing this opens up doors and leads others to “coming out” as well, because there is nothing worse than a down low man of ANY race… AIDS is real and bars none!

  • RedButterfly81

    I commend him for being honest about himself, at least he came out instead of having someone else outing him.

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