ninja-toes asks: "He was careful, however, not to describe himself as gay." Admitting you're bisexual is not the same as being careful to avoid labeling yourself as gay. You do a disservice to the bisexual community with comments such as that, because in doing so, you reinforce the denial of a community that has to constantly fight for recognition. Bisexual erasure is a very big problem even within the gay and lesbian community, so please consider your choice of words more carefully in the future. Thank you.
» SFB says: To be clear, the post was simply rewording what the source Reuters article said: “But he did not specifically call himself gay.” If you read Frank Ocean’s letter, he didn’t label himself in any form — neither gay nor bisexual. He just said his first love was a man — a love that initially wasn’t reciprocated. You have a fair point about bisexual erasure, but on the other hand, he didn’t label himself as bisexual, and we were trying to avoid giving him a specific label, as he didn’t give himself one. Keep in mind that it’s difficult to balance concerns like these; even minor turns of phrase can be misinterpreted. — Ernie @ SFB
Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we?Def Jam co-founder Russell Simmons • Discussing R&B artist Frank Ocean’s decision to publicly reveal that his first love was a man. (He did so in a Tumblr post, posting an image that was initially intended for the record sleeve in his upcoming album, Channel Orange.) That makes him one of the few mainstream hip-hop musicians to openly discuss having a same-sex relationship. He was careful, however, not to describe himself as gay. While Simmons and fellow Odd Future cohort Tyler, the Creator (who has himself faced heat for using homophobic slurs) were quick to give Ocean credit, a quick Twitter search shows that not everyone agrees. But considering hip-hop culture once birthed the catchphrase “no homo,” this seems like a pretty big step.