For the first time I can remember, a hip hop singer has come out. Frank Ocean came out yesterday on his Tumblr when he said that his first love was a man. Frank said, "4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life."
It is some very powerful writing and I think this is the small step that the hip hop world needs to break through and show that it is ok to be a performer and be out. Frank Ocean's mentor is Kanye West. Kanye has been by his side every step of the way and must have known about Frank so it will be interesting to see how Kanye and the rest of the hop community react to the announcement. Russell Simmons was the first to step up and come to the support of Frank.