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Once upon a time, hip-hop was criticized for its homophobia. But with Frank Ocean out and proud and Milan Christopher starring in Love & Hip Hop, things are changing in a big way. Do you know who’s at the forefront of hip-hop’s more inclusive future?
With Raven-Symoné and AzMarie Livingston setting a new standard of cool and Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi becoming red carpet favorites, more and more lesbian power couples are coming out to take Hollywood by storm. And with the recent Supreme Court decision ruling gay marriage legal in all 50 states, you can expect to see many more couples that look like the following powerful pairs.
“Your Yard is Becoming Relentlessly Gay”: Baltimore Woman Fires Back At Rude Neighbor By Making Yard “Gayer”
One Baltimore resident thought she was just hanging a set of innocuous rainbow jar solar lights in her yard. Little did she know she was actually creating some sort of — er — “homosexual haven.” A neighbor, appalled by the so-called “gay” sight, left Julie Baker a crude note that has the social media world up in arms, according to Wonkette.
But don’t worry, Baker handled it.
First, take a look at the note written by the anonymous neighbor:
“Your yard is becoming Relentlessly Gay! Myself and Others in the neighborhood ask that you Tone It Down. This is a Christian area and there are Children. Keep it up and I will be Forced to call the Police on You! Your kind need to have Respect for GOD.
A Concerned Home Owner.”
Baker passed on the note to a friend, who then decided to pass it on to George Takei, an activist best known for his role in the Star Trek TV series.
“…You know what happens when [Takei] posts things on Facebook,” Wonkette said. “ALL GAY HELL breaks loose, and the damn thing has gone viral.”
The note, which has nearly 24,000 shares on Facebook, pinched a nerve with many users:
“If someone hangs decorative jars in their yard and you think of homosexuality, I have some bad new for you,” a Facebook poster by the name of Natsumi Takanawa said.
“Tone it down??” Facebook commenter Christopher H. Justus asked incredulously. “After a letter like this, my yard would look like Las Vegas.”
Well, Baker is taking Justus’ advice. If the “Concerned Homeowner” and “others” thought Baker’s yard was “relentlessly gay” now, they better grab their rosaries because Baker is about to turn her home into the most insufferably “gay” residence you’ll ever see in your life.
Launching a GoFundMe campaign, Baker is asking for $5,000 to paint her home in vivid rainbow colors:
So, I am starting this fundraiser so I can work to make my Home even More “relentlessly gay” If we go high enough, I will see if I can get a Rainbow Roof!
Because my invisible relentlessly gay rainbow dragon should live up there in style!
Put simply, I am a widow and the mother of four children, my youngest in high school and I WILL NOT Relent to Hatred. Instead, I will battle it with whimsy and beauty and laughter and love, wrapped around my home, yard and family!!!
Baker has already surpassed her $5,000 goal and received more than $43,000, so far, to make her home look like a Gay Pride float.
Each parent reacts differently to the news that their child is gay. Some don’t take it well at all. Others are accepting and then there’s this last category, where your mother launches into a whole comedic routine about the so-called announcement.
That’s what happened when a Tumblr user named Bri came out to her mother.
She wrote: “My mom says this was how it was when I came out. I love her.”
See what Bri’s mom said about it in the video below.
We thought we knew all about these A-list stars. We bet you can’t name all of the celebrities with gay parents either!
Mel B isn’t the only celebrity that’s fessed up to an all-girl affair. These celebrity women say that they’re straight, but that hasn’t stopped them from sleeping with women.
Remember back in 209 when LiLo caused a minor scandal when she started dating female DJ Samantha Ronson? The female spin doctor isn’t the only celebrity Lindsay has dated, but she recently told Radar Online that she considers herself straight:
“I like being in a relationship with a man, but there’s something just different about it with a woman. … I have made out with girls and had a relationship with girls.”
Who knew that Raven-Symoné’s “Where Are They Now” episode would open up such a large can of worms? But her’s did, indeed.
As we mentioned before, Oprah asked her about the now famous tweet about gay marriage, which many took to mean that she, herself, was gay.
And while she did confirm that she was in a relationship with a woman, Raven-Symoné says she doesn’t want to be labeled as gay. In fact, she doesn’t want to be labeled as African American either.
First, the tweet:
“That was my way of saying I’m proud of the country. But, I will say that I’m in an amazing, happy relationship with my partner. A woman. And on the other side, my mother and people in my family, they’ve taught me to keep my personal life to myself as much as possible. So I try my best to hold the fence where I can but I am proud to be who I am and what I am?”
Oprah: So when did you know who you were and what you were?
Raven: In that topic of dating and in love, I knew when I was like twelve. I was looking at everything.
Oprah: Boys and girls? Did you have a word for it?
Raven: I don’t need language. I don’t need a categorizing statement for it.
Oprah: So you don’t want to be labeled gay?
Raven: I don’t’ want to be labeled gay. I want to be labeled, a human who loves humans. I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American, I’m not an African American. I’m an American.
Oprah: Oh girl, don’t set up the Twitter on fire. What?! Oh, my Lord! What did you say?
Raven: I don’t know where my roots go to. I don’t know how far back they go. I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. But I do know my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American and that’s a colorless person.
Oprah: I mean, you’re going to get a lot of flack for saying you’re not African American. You know that right?
Raven: I have darker skin, I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian, I connect with Asian, I connect with Black, I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.
Oprah: You are a melting pot in one body.
Raven: Aren’t we all? Isn’t that what America’s supposed to be?
Oprah: That’s what it’s supposed to be, for sure.
Whew, child! She said a mouthful. And Oprah was right. She set Twitter on fire. The show aired yesterday and as I type this, “Raven Symone” is still trending.
We all have the right to define ourselves for ourselves and I certainly understand not wanting to label yourself as gay when you’re attracted to both sexes and believe love is love but the “not African American” part, is troubling to me. I understand that in this country, where you’re judged firstly and primarily by your color, the label can become heavy and problematic, even dangerous. But doesn’t the choice not to acknowledge it mean, that on some level, you’ve internalized the messages that it’s somehow inferior, or less American? Furthermore, “American” is a label too. (You need only leave this country to see the implications, positive and negative, that it carries.) So, it seems odd to only tell half of the story. You’re American but unless you’re Native American, there’s more to it. And I can’t help but notice that many other races and ethnicities take the time to celebrate those differences. Have you ever heard an Italian American, Mexican American or Chinese American deny their heritage, even if their ancestors have been in this country for centuries?
It just seems that Black people, across the diaspora, keep trying to run away from Africa. And that’s what I don’t understand. A lot of us aren’t able to point to a specific country, but there are tests that could answer that question if you really wanted to know. Honestly though, do you have to know a specific country to know there’s some Africa in you? There’s a reason why Raven, as a “colorless American,” noticed her darker skin and interesting grade of hair. One, because our country has conditioned us to notice and even demonize it, but also because it points to that undeniably African part of her ancestry, whether she wants to label it or not.
I’m not suggesting that Raven is ashamed of her African ancestry; she said she connects with Black culture, but I do wonder why she’s decided to omit it from her story.
What do you think about Raven-Symoné’s comments? Watch this portion of her “Where Are They Now?” interview with Oprah in the video below.
Is there always smoke where there’s fire? Lots of celebrity women have been accused of being gay. Some have come out, some are more comfortable in the closet and some have said you’re way off base. Still, that hasn’t stopped the speculation from running wild when it comes to these ladies.
Fans have been questioning Queen Latifah’s sexuality since her U.N.I.T.Y. days but she’s always insisted on staying quiet about her private life. Recent pictures of her on vacation with a mystery woman suggest that she may have come out without making an announcement.
This past week should have simply been a time for celebration for Faith Evans and her family. But with the internet being what it is and keyboard thugs being what they are, a joyous occasion took a bit of a negative turn. This past week, Faith Evans shared a couple of pictures of her son Christopher Wallace Jr. (Biggie’s son) graduating from high school. She included this image with the caption: “My first born son @cj_toa & I #proud.”
You’ll notice that she tagged her son in this post. And bloggers did some investigating, looking through the images on Wallace’s profile. Sandra Rose and others found this image of Wallace and a classmate.
It’s no secret that Sandra Rose has been known to be a bit messy in her day. And while it’s generally understood that children should be off limits, those are not rules to which she adheres.
And instead of letting it be what it was or choosing not to comment, one way or another, not only did Sandra post the picture on her blog, she tweeted the link out with a the hashtag #GayPride and @ mentioned Faith.
Faith promptly responded:
I’m not mad at Faith at all. Whether Christopher is gay or not is really none of Sandra’s business and it’s not her place to put labels on him when we’ve yet to hear him speak about his sexuality. I don’t know what’s going on here in this picture but does this look like the classic Titanic scene with Rose and Jack to anyone else?
Point is we don’t know what’s up. To be clear, being called gay shouldn’t be an insult but everybody’s not so evolved. And it’s no secret that in many circles, particularly with teenage boys, it can present a problem. For Sandra to do this and put it on the internet is foul, to say the least.
Judging by this speedy response, I’d say Sandra should be cool before Faith catches her in these streets. She really don’t want it.
‘I Would Try To Get Him Help’ Antoine Dodson Speaks on Supporting Son Regardless Of His Future Sexual Preference
Antoine Dodson, the man famous for becoming an internet sensation after telling the the public to “Hide ya kids, hide ya wife, hide ya husbands … cause they rapin’ everybody out here,” recently became a father to son, JaCobie with a woman he simply refers to as “his queen”. When Dodson announced that he would be a father last September, it was to much of the public’s surprise since most had assumed he was gay.
Early last year Dodson became a Black Hebrew Israelite and claimed that he was no longer into homosexuality. He stated he wanted to move forward in his life and have a wife and family. As confusing as Dodson’s choices may be for some, Dodson is not quick to force his lifestyle onto his son. TMZ reveals that Dodson feels if JaCobie turns out to be gay, he’ll still love him, but he’d do his best to turn him straight.
He told TMZ he believes living a gay lifestyle is wrong and anti-religious, but he would love his son regardless. He stated:
“I wouldn’t be shocked because I lived that life before. I would try and get him help.”
“Even if he couldn’t be fixed it doesn’t matter because I still support him no matter what.”
Geez, can we let this baby live his first month on Earth before we begin discussing his sexuality and what will or won’t be accepted? Admittedly I am all kinds of confused by Dodson. It’s not that I don’t believe people can change, but is it truly possible to up and change your own sexuality, let alone someone else’s? How about we focus on solid foods and potty training before we debate who little JaCobie will date.