When Odd Future’s Frank Ocean shocked the hip-hop world with a Tumblr post that revealed his first love was a man, our first thought was how this could be the best opportunity to draw minorities into an increasingly loud discussion we’ve been having without them for years.
It looks like that’s beginning to happen. Ocean’s notorious F word-using bandmate (no, not fuck, the really bad F word) Tyler, the Creator said all the right things, as did Def Jam mogul Russell Simmons.
Beyoncé, whose track “I Miss You” was written by Ocean, posted the poetic picture above to her website over the weekend. The overlay reads: “Be fearless / Be honest / Be generous / Be brave / Be poetic / Be open / Be free / Be yourself / Be in love / Be happy / Be inspiration.”
Her hubby Jay-Z, fresh off backing Barack Obama for backing marriage equality, used his website to post this message from dream hampton backing Ocean: “We admire the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out, not only as a bisexual Black man, but as a broken hearted one. The tender irony that your letter is to a boy who was unable to return your love until years later because he was living a lie is the only truly tragic detail about your letter.”
So far just about everyone who matters is supportive, saying right and doing right. And, so far, that’s all you can really ask for.