jeanettejenkinsqueenlatdx7Let’s be truthful. Queen Latifah’s sexuality is not necessarily one of Hollywood’s best-kept secrets. The signs are all there: Her lack of male companions; her constant female companion; her not so subtle edge of masculinity. Need I continue? So, if we all are pretty certain that the Queen is a lesbian, it makes one wonder why she refuses to live out loud – so to speak.

Take yourself for example. Knowing what you ‘know’ about Queen Latifah, how would you respond if she pulled an Ellen and let everyone know what time it is? Would you respect and support her for keeping it real? Perhaps you may find yourself more comfortable in denial of her evident sexual preference. This is very well one of the main factors that prevent Queen Latifah, and other closeted celebs from living out loud. Public acceptance.

In our community, there seems to be a particularly harsh strain of homophobia, which sometimes even borders on paranoia. Homosexuality is just as prevalent among African Americans as it is among any group, but a very blatant homophobic philosophy seems to be embedded in our culture.

I once interviewed Terrance Dean, author of Hiding in Hip Hop and grilled him on the issue of the gay subculture in the entertainment world. According to Dean, “The gay sub-culture does exist…. And it’s unfortunate, because in the Black and Latino communities we’re not able to be fully self-expressive and authentic and expose ourselves and our sexuality like our white counterparts. Unfortunately in the Black community it is such a taboo and we don’t talk about sexuality. This could be why there’s such an epidemic of HIV and AIDS for Black women and the prevalence of teenage pregnancy. [We’re] so afraid to have that dialogue about sex, we become promiscuous. In this day and age, this leads to more [gay people] staying in the closet and afraid to come out.”

Thus, getting back the Queen, the term ignorance is bliss comes to mind. I’ll close by posing the following question:

Are we less at ease with her sexuality, or more comfortable with her omission of it?

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  • Latifah_fan

    Gay or not she is still and always will be a beautiful and talent actress… I would love to meet her one day and hopefully I will shes amazing in everything she does! You go Latifah no matter what people says or thinks about you!

  • To me it doesn’t matter if queen ever come out,and tell the world she gay.because it is already known factor that she is gay.you never see her with a man,and her appearance speaks for itself.Queen is not feminie looking at all.

  • mz. stylez

    Ok, its so weird to me how everyone is saying that is doesn’t matter, or you don’t care, but the thing is, is that your on here because you do care! Why would you even waist your time on here if you didn’t care if she’s gay or not..

  • My prayer is that everyone under the spirit of homosexuality, wake up out of that deep sleep (sin)! The devil seeking & getting all who he can! If it wasn’t acceptable in the biblical time when people acknowledged God, God’s word remains the same! there are so many demonic forces upon this earth that’s taking alot of our people out & our ancestor’s struggled for our freedom to be who God called us to be. We need more people to stand in the gap in prayer for all of those around us. People have stop believing 7 stop fighting for what is right in the eye sight of God. If God destryoed a whole city because of this spirit & behavior of it, how do you think He feels now? God does have feelings, & if it wasn’t for His love we wouldn’t wake up another day given another day of mercy! Don’t take the love of God for granted people! Taking vows before God & man, commiting to sin is blatant disrespect for His word, His love, his power, His grace. if we don’t look at ourselves & turn to a still true and living God, our country is doomed! Somebody have to stop turning the blind eye to the repulsive behaviors that has been occurring just in the last 50 years at least! We blame the president, teachers, ministers, government, neighbors, BUT what are you doing besides talking about who’s sleeping with who? PRAY PRAY PRAY! Our country was built on prayers of our ancestors. Stop disgracing them! Gossip is such a norm, we don’t need newspapers anymore because people are so willing to believe anything! Today, if everyone would just take a moment & lift up someone you know in sin to God & trust him for their salvation, we’ve done our part as part of this nation. We are the elected officials to set the standard for this world, the prayers of the righteous avails much!