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COMMENT: Frank Ocean’s sexuality doesn’t matter, his coming out does

Posted on Wednesday, 4 July by

Odd Future crooner, Frank Ocean has opened up about his sexuality, after recent speculation developed regarding his orientation after references of “he” instead of “she” on a few of his tracks off ‘Channel Orange’.

Ocean admitted he had planned to confirm his sexuality by publishing the note, written in December 2011, in the liner notes of his new album ‘Channel Orange’ but decided to go public with the news now to address the widespread speculation.

He prefaced his statement saying he hopes that “the babies born these days will inherit less of the bullshit than we did.”

He wrote: “4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realised I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with.

Tyler, The Creator, one of Ocean’s fellow Odd Future members tweeted shortly afterwards…

Since the news broke six hours ago, Ocean has been subject to response both supportive and some not. Something perhaps to be expected in the heteronormatively dominated hip-hop and R&B communities, or any echelon of society for that matter.

However the general consensus, at least after a few hours, is that Ocean has opened up the path for future bi-sexual artists and embodied recent developments in the support of homosexuality, such as President Obama’s change in favour of same-sex marriages, not to mention artists such as Jay-Z and 50 Cent who echoed Obama’s sentiments.

Although his sexuality doesn’t matter. His coming out does. But did no-one spot this before?

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Lewis Scrafton
22. Co-founder and editor of SQ Magazine. Studying at University of Sussex. Interned at MATTER and published in The Guardian.

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