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GLAAD Media Awards: Queen Latifah thanks lesbian aunt who raised her and was her ‘inspiration’

Queen Latifah, notoriously private about her sexuality, did not seem to make any major revelations while accepting the GLAAD Media Award on Saturday although she thanked a ‘partner’ at the beginning that had some of us wondering if it was a business partner, a romantic partner.

But if she really wanted to make some bold coming out statement, that wasn’t it no matter who she was talking about when she picked up the award for the HBO film Bessie which she starred in an executive produced.

In the clip shown when the nominees for Outstanding Television Movie or Limited Series were announced – the other contenders were Logo’s Banana and Cucumber – Latifah’s character of bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith is seen in bed kissing another woman.

Once onstage at the Beverly Hilton Hotel the actress said to her cast: ‘Thank you for letting me kiss on you and touch you.’

For anyone who thought the occasion would perfect for a Jodie Foster at the Golden Globe awards in 2013 type coming out speech (which occurred in the same ballroom), it wasn’t happening.

But Latifah did dedicate the award to the LGBT people in her family including ‘my cousins who are gay’ and her aunt, ‘a lesbian who raised me … my inspiration. (She) taught me how to be a loved person.’

She then got a little political and spoke of the upcoming US presidential elections and said: ‘I’m not voting for one person who does not respect everyone in this room.’



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2 Remarks

  1. It is absolutely her business to come out, or never come out if she chooses. She may very well not be gay. I think though, at a point it is more about just wanting someone to be OK, to feel comfortable in their own skin. I don’t get a sense she feels OK in her own skin and I just wish her the best.

  2. I completely disagree. I think GLAAD has shown itself to be a usless hypocritical “organization” that panders to celebrity for attention, recognition, and funding. To “honor” a closeted lesbian who has done nothing to further gay issues by continuing to hide in her Park Avenue closet helps no one. I am not advocating outing her (as if anyone doesn’t already know) but don’t honor a closet case. I thought the mantra was “out and proud?” She hasn’t earned the right to be honored and respected by gay people when she’s afraid to own her gayness.

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