Queen Latifah Talks Bisexuality, Homophobia & More in Uptown Magazine


Queen plays the legendary Bessie Smith alongside #Blackbird star Mo’Nique on HBO next month.

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“I’m not really sure how people will feel about [Bessie’s bisexuality]. It’s not like it’s a secret with her story. She was just free,” Latifah says in her April/May 2015 cover story. But Queen definitely knows how people should respond about gay people having the right to marry.

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“People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love…We haven’t moved as quickly as we probably should. And the reality is that there’s always been gay people in the black community, so it’s not foreign to us. And not just as a black community, but, just a society as a whole.”

“Who you choose to marry is really up to you and it’s not something you should be judged on. I don’t find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw. Couples should be protected under the laws of this country period. It actually angers me. It’s not unusual so let’s be adults and let’s move forward.”

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