Queen Latifah had reported to have come out of the closet at the Long Beach lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pride festival, but she denied the reports. Last month in California, she made it clear that she did not announce her sexuality to the world.
Throughout her career, rumours abound about her sexuality. When Latifah took to the stage at the LGBT Pride Festival in Long Beach, and told the crowd that she could “really feel the unity,” many people took it as a defining moment for the singer.
But she told Entertainment Weekly that she didn’t declare her sexuality on stage and, in fact, would not do so in future, too. “I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen.”
In 2008, she told the NY Times: “I don’t have a problem discussing the topic of somebody being gay, but I do have a problem discussing my personal life… I don’t care if people think I’m gay or not. Assume whatever you want. You do it anyway.”
Though she supported the LGBT community and loves to play at gay nightclubs and pride parades, one should not conjecture she is a lesbian, she said.
“To me, doing a gay pride show is one of the most fun things. My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco. When people are going through hatred and bullying, the biggest thing to fight that is love… So that’s all I encouraged my audience to do that night: to share their light and share their love. Period.”