Queen Latifah is covering the latest issue of UPTOWN. In the interview, the 45-year-old actress opens up about marriage equality, homosexuality, Bill Cosby and her role as Bessie Smith.

Check out some of the highlights below:

On her nude scene in Bessie: “I’ve never done that before. It was a little odd but it was also a quiet, relaxing thing. Sometimes she was so alone, and it was a moment for Bessie to acknowledge her vulnerability, which I can completely relate to … I don’t find [this nude scene] any more uncomfortable than kissing a girl in Set It Off and sticking to the script. You have to take your mind off of yourself and honor that character. Respect Cleo, respect Bessie.”

On LBGTQ equality: “Who you choose to marry is really up to you and it’s not something you should be judged on. I don’t find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw. Couples should be protected under the laws of this country period. It actually angers me.”

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‘I Don’t Find Being Gay or Lesbian to Be a Character Flaw’Queen Latifah

On The Queen Latifah Show cancellation: “Obviously it was disappointing but I don’t look at these things as catastrophic failures. We have a lot going on in our company alone, so I’m not worried about my next job opportunity.”

On Bill Cosby and sexual assault allegations: “It’s unfortunate because he has done so much in terms of entertainment, culture and black folks. But right is right and wrong is wrong. All these women, all these stories, it’s just – what a big stain on such an amazing career.”

On homosexuality: “People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love. We haven’t moved as quickly as we probably should. And the reality is that there’s always been gay people in the black community, so it’s not foreign to us. And not just as a black community but just a society as a whole.”

Click here to check out the full interview! Bessie premieres on HBO on May 16th.

Image Credits: Ari Michelson/Uptown Magazine

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