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Queen Latifah Did Not Come Out

LatifahlongbeachQueen Latifah wants it known: Despite rumors to the contrary, Queen Latifah's performance at Lesbian & Gay Pride in Long Beach was not a coming out party.

From Entertainment Weekly:

“That definitely wasn’t the case,” she tells EW. “I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen.”

Although she insists she hasn't and won't come out, Latifah did refer to the assembled LGBTfolk in Long Beach as "her people." She also said, presumably of performing at a pride celebration, "I've been waiting to do this a long time."

Though Long Beach was Queen Latifah's first pride event, she's performed for all-gay audiences before. In EW, she shares this anecdote

“My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. Tupac happened to be in town, so he came to kick it with me. This was the early ’90s. And the boys were like, ‘Take your shirt off, Tupac!’  He wasn’t doing that. But we had a blast in there.”

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  1. Doesn't she own a house with her personal trainer/girfriend? I think there also pictures of them together

    Posted by: Steve | Jun 2, 2012 10:51:14 AM


  2. She should have just kept her mouth shut. I think releasing this statement did more damage than anything.

    AND I dont get why she thinks we care.

    Posted by: Jason | Jun 2, 2012 10:56:30 AM


  3. "I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public."

    AKA, I am a lesbian but don't want to talk about it to keep fooling the 3 people who aren't savvy enough to read between the lines. Seriously, if she was straight she would have laughed it off and said "I'm actually straight" or "Sorry to disappoint but I am straight". Only closested people play the whole coy "I'm not going to talk about it routine".

    Posted by: KP | Jun 2, 2012 11:04:21 AM


  4. Everyone knows that she is a lesbian, so NOW the question of why she was a headliner at Pride event is an even bigger mystery.

    Posted by: DrJWL | Jun 2, 2012 11:23:32 AM


  5. She should be ashamed of most of the movies she's made, not of being a lesbian.

    Posted by: DrJWL | Jun 2, 2012 11:23:59 AM


  6. “I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen.” She's disgusting.

    Posted by: MARCUS BACHMANN | Jun 2, 2012 12:04:05 PM


  7. That quote makes her look arrogant and cowardly. Ick.

    Posted by: Kip | Jun 2, 2012 12:05:32 PM


  8. They should have renamed it "Long Beach Closet Pride"

    You'll find a picture of Dana and her "trainer" at this link

    http://fablog.ehrensteinland.com/2012/06/02/when-youre-good-to-dana/

    plus my own remarks.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 2, 2012 12:15:37 PM


  9. @DRWJL...LOL

    She has no responsibility to come out. I would much rather deal with a celebrity who merely denies access to her private life and who does offer vocal support for the gay community than those closeted, self-loathing, Scientologists who practice a "faith" anathema to supporting gay individuals, who sue tabloids any time a gay rumor is attached to their names(which is usually more than a rumor). Bitter faggotry aside, I don't know who some of you douchebags think you are. You are as bad as the schmucks on the other extreme.

    Posted by: Michael | Jun 2, 2012 1:22:05 PM


  10. As much as I would like her to come out publicly, she is just not ready & I respect that. Maybe she's waiting until her upcoming talk-show comes on. However, I thought that about Anderson Cooper as well. It would be nice for a high-profile black woman to come out. I was hoping Robin Roberts would after that interview with Obama. There should be a wager who would come out first: Latifah or Roberts :)

    Posted by: Scar2 | Jun 2, 2012 1:22:57 PM


  11. "AKA, I am a lesbian but don't want to talk about it to keep fooling the 3 people who aren't savvy enough to read between the lines"

    You know, some of you underestimate the naivete of straight people. Most of them honestly did not realize that the Village People were gay.....and most women I have told Barry Manilow is gay dispute it vociferously.

    What is obvious to us as gay people is not always obvious to most straight people, particularly when they do not WANT to believe that someone is gay.

    Would Queen Latifah lose a lot of her fanbase and be denied some movie roles if she came out? Probably. Just like any Hollywood actor, which is why virtually none of them are out and the few who are regret having come out.

    That being the case, it should be enough for any of you that she is doing her part for the community and embracing it, without actually screaming to the world that she is a lesbian, but obviously it isn't--probably because most of you doing the criticizing have no interest in being fair to people like her and trying to understand her perspective....but care only about such individuals insofar as they can help you advance your political goals.

    Typical.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 2, 2012 1:51:22 PM


  12. Why is this such a big deal? It is nobody's business who she chooses to sleep with! The only people who should be concerned are her and her partner(s). She has already said her private life is exactly that and she won't discuss it in public. Leave the lady alone already and let her get back to being the entertainer that she is! Love ya Queen Latifah, no matter who you choose to sleep with or tell about it!

    Posted by: Alex | Jun 2, 2012 1:59:02 PM


  13. It's no one's business... Well... Sure. And yet all of our civil rights advances have come because of people who were willing to live honest lives despite risking loss of jobs, family, housing, etc. pride parades are symbols of being out and proud, even defiantly against straight society. By backtracking her statement at a Pride event, she come across as cowardly, hypocritical, and slaps everyone in the face who has gone to a Pride parade fully out and proud. This is the opposite sentiment to what a pride parade is all about. To stay closeted in the public realm to keep her fame and money untouched while saying "she's with her people" at a Pride parade is disgusting. I've always admired and liked her, but this makes me really lose a lot of respect for her. BOO!

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Jun 2, 2012 2:08:16 PM


  14. until one is ready to publicly Come Out, they do have a responsibility to do the work "as a straight person" - that is, to at least have the integrity to be pro-Equality in a visible and public way.

    better than the legions of closeted people who do nothing but complain and slander gays both in real life and through anonymous internet handles.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 2, 2012 2:08:56 PM


  15. I thought Robin Roberts came out when she had the cancer?

    Posted by: Bans Gender | Jun 2, 2012 2:10:53 PM


  16. If she wasn't ready to come out publicly, she never should have attended a Pride parade.

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Jun 2, 2012 2:12:56 PM


  17. Exactly GraphicJack. She shouldn't have attended the Pride event, and she shouldn't have said what she did. And then to follow it up withe this statement is just disgusting. Stay in the closet if you want, but don't play gays with the gay community like this.

    I'm also really tired of celebrities who say they don't talk about their private life, but meanwhile talk about their parents and siblings, the way Queen Latifah has done.

    Posted by: Rae | Jun 2, 2012 2:25:55 PM


  18. She should marry Anderson Cooper.

    Posted by: YJ | Jun 2, 2012 2:26:35 PM


  19. "And yet all of our civil rights advances have come because of people who were willing to live honest lives despite risking loss of jobs, family, housing, etc. pride parades are symbols of being out and proud, even defiantly against straight society."

    What a joke. The freak shows that most Pride parades consist of do nothing but damage our cause. And most of our civil rights advances, paltry as they have been, have come about because of the efforts of people who are part of the mainstream and who do not go around pushing their sexuality in everbody's face, but who make rational arguments that are respected in part because they ARE a part of the social mainstream.....and therefore carry clout with powerful straight people, clout that the clowns parading around in pink hot pants and high heels don't have and never will have.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 2, 2012 2:28:01 PM


  20. "She should marry Anderson Cooper"

    You mean a guy who has done 100 times more to influence public opinion in favor of gay rights and to eradicate homophobia--by making a place for himself in the mainstream, becoming respected, and thereby advancing to a position of importance that allows him to effect real change(without "announcing" his sexual preference to the world)--than all the "out and proud" nobodies who criticize him, combined (while alienating the public by parading around in their leather jockstraps at San Francisco Pride)?

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 2, 2012 2:46:02 PM


  21. there's a world of insecure self-hating closeted cowards whose only "work" for LGBT EQuality is......to come onto a gay site to anonymously complain about what every Out LGBT person is doing.

    you know, the guys who complain about pride parades and the colour pink because they're not man enough to show themselves and the Gay Example they pretend to be living.

    just once, just ONCE, it'd be wonderful if any of those cowards could put a face to their comments. alas, they never will. closet cases til they day. not that they're missed, or anything. :D

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 2, 2012 2:54:45 PM


  22. and what, pray tell, is "pushing sexuality into people's faces"?

    that sounds like something some closeted wimp says when his dad won't let him hold his boyfriend's hand in public.

    don't be mad that other people aren't scared of being Visible just because you're too cowardly to do the same.

    http://littlekiwilovesbauhaus.blogspot.com/2009/07/why-i-do-what-i-do.html

    one example, of many, of not only how Pride Parades are beneficial, but how you can represent what you want people to see and think when they think about "gay"

    :D

    i can do it. my parents can do it. why can't others? take part, join in, represent yourself, or shut up

    http://littlekiwilovesbauhaus.blogspot.com/2009/07/why-i-do-what-i-do.html

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 2, 2012 2:58:01 PM


  23. "You mean a guy who has done 100 times more to influence public opinion in favor of gay rights and to eradicate homophobia--by making a place for himself in the mainstream, becoming respected, and thereby advancing to a position of importance that allows him to effect real change(without "announcing" his sexual preference to the world)--than all the "out and proud" nobodies who criticize him, combined (while alienating the public by parading around in their leather jockstraps at San Francisco Pride)?"

    Yes, her.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jun 2, 2012 3:02:54 PM


  24. if anyone actually believes that Pride Parades are "the reason" for anti-gay bigotry then there really only is one solution: that person needs to join the parade.

    and represent what they feel needs to be represented.

    anything less makes a person about as useful as that girl in highschool who always complained about the school dances yet never got off her butt to join the organizing committee.

    i have two sixty-something heterosexual parents who march in the pride parades every year. if they're not offended by the occasional buttock, why are any of you?

    Congrats. you're less hip and liberated than my white-haired parents.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 2, 2012 3:09:12 PM


  25. I don't get the coming-out-without-coming-out strategy - it seems like the worst of both worlds.

    How many straight women, when asked if they are gay, announce that they will never deal with the 'question' of their personal life publicly? If anybody didn't know she was gay before , they do now.

    But to suggest at the same time that she effectively comes out, that, for some reason, such a thing should never be stated openly , seems so plain stupid, and such a slap in the face to every out gay person past and present who has built the world she lives in.

    Posted by: Hank | Jun 2, 2012 3:24:02 PM


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