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Queen Latifah: I Didn’t Come Out Of The Closet At Gay Pride Parade

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It was reported earlier that Queen Latifah had officially come out of the closet at the Long Beach lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pride festival. But the actress said that it isn’t true. Latifah said that she may be gay and she may be straight. But she made it clear that she did not announce her sexuality to the world last month in California.

Rumors about Queen Latifah’s sexuality have been circulating throughout her career, so 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 Latifah said that it isn’t true. The actress told Entertainment Weekly that she didn’t declare her sexuality on stage and she won’t be talking about her sexuality to the public anytime soon.

Latifah said:

“I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen.”

The singer has held a similar stance throughout her career. 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.”

Queen Latifah said that she supported the LGBT community and loves to play at gay nightclubs and pride parades, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s a lesbian.

She added:

“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.”

Last month similar rumors circulated about actress Raven Symone. Symone had a similar message to her fans, saying that whether she is gay or not is irrelevant and only important to herself and her partner.

Do you think its necessary for LGBT actors and actresses to declare their sexuality? Are you disappointed that Queen Latifah didn’t come out of the closet?

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143 Responses to “Queen Latifah: I Didn’t Come Out Of The Closet At Gay Pride Parade”

  1. Debbie Donnelly-Good

    So what if she is a lesbian! Does that make her any less of a person? No she is beautiful and talented! Her personal life is just that personal!

  2. Cindy Ray

    It's their choice, but it's always great when prominent people come out. It creates more space for others to be who they are.

  3. Sarah Burris

    I know for a fact she is a lesbian.
    she has a ''wife" and a 'Mistress" that travels with her. I guess she doesn't really hide it but doesn't flaunt it. whatever she wants to do its her life. she may feel she would loose movie rolls. either way she doesn't have to admit it. but she isn't denying it and she sure as hell is a supporter of equal rights. so more power to the Queen!

  4. John Taylor

    It is their choice, and no one should attempt to make it for them. However, in Queen Latifa's case, I don't think coming out would hurt her career one bit. She has nothing to loose at this point, in my view.

  5. Gloria Paige

    it's no one's business but her's – whether she is or not won't pay her bills – besides what goes on in her bedroom might.
    be better then what goes on in yours – so I say before thowing stones check you own actions.

  6. Regina Jackson

    Just because you are fan of someone's talent does not give you a free pass to their personal life.If she is gay that is nobody's business but hers & her partner's.

  7. Regina Hicks Stephens

    What's the big deal? Why is there a need for celebrity gays to "Officially" declare their sexuality? I mean really! Her "closet door" is wide open. so are the closets of many others.

  8. Anonymous

    Sure are a lot of lezbos in the black community. Guess that's cause their men are so worthless. Don't worry though, black men. There's plenty of white women stupid enough to date you.

  9. Meagen Nelson Feigert

    It's her business! Not the media's or the publics. I love her any way, to me she is a icon. Her personal life is hers. You go Miss Thang!

  10. Michael James Shewell

    The Queen's a bad ass and it's awesome she doesn't cave to the public. I have plenty of friends that do those marches but they're far from gay. What they are is empathetic with someone who's scorned for something purely subjective.

  11. David Stevens

    “I don’t have a problem discussing the topic of somebody being gay, but I do have a problem discussing my personal life" I think this says it all.

  12. Lisa Hermes

    I don't have to "come out" as straight. Why should they have to declare their sexuality?

  13. Merry Yaggie

    Who cares what goes on in her bedroom. People need to get past the personal lives of entertainers. they're no different than the rest of us out here. Just enjoy their work and move on.

  14. Merry Yaggie

    Who cares what goes on in her bedroom. People need to get past the personal lives of entertainers. they're no different than the rest of us out here. Just enjoy their work and move on.

  15. Melonie Melonda Pryer

    People are people, just love them respect them and and accept them for who they are…

  16. Chuck Johnson

    If ignorance is bliss, then you must be orgasmic.

  17. Anonymous

    Quenn Latifah is in the limelight, but people forgettr this she is a person with a life of her only. And she is or not gay the is her business. She is a very good person in my eyes. So as long as she keep doing what she do she alright with me. A very good fan in Michigan.

  18. Rosa Johnson

    I thought I had read a story about her gifting her partner with a 25.000.00 ring about 6 months ago. she is already out of the closet. she really came out back in the day in the movie, SET IT OFF. doesn't matter to me, she is not sexing me so what I care?

  19. Rosa Johnson

    I thought I had read a story about her gifting her partner with a 25.000.00 ring about 6 months ago. she is already out of the closet. she really came out back in the day in the movie, SET IT OFF. doesn't matter to me, she is not sexing me so what I care?

  20. Susan Jarvis

    I think it is important that they are comfortable and happy in their lives. Their lives being the major words here.

  21. Butch Fisher

    I hope she's not, but even she was who are we to judge her or anyone?

  22. Christina Perry

    It amazes me how there are always some idiot making a race issue of everything. Stop being so ignorant.

  23. John Priebe

    It's nobody's business and makes no difference as far as I am concerned. Talent is talent and people are people. What they do in their private life is nobody's business.

  24. Xan Milloh

    Damn, how many cliched phrases can you put in one comment? You didn't say anything original lol!!

  25. Joann Payne-Spencer

    Sarah how do you know she has a wife and mistress? Do you know her outside of what the blogs say? Rumors ruin peoples lives, especially when you are assuming and not knowing.

  26. Joann Payne-Spencer

    Mind your business and not the Queens. She do not need to address her sexuality to please anyone. Plus why does it matter who she sleep with, let her personal life remain that private.

  27. Alisha Keyz

    it doesn't matter if your gblt love is love but make sure u be careful n ask your self does god want that? all I'm sayin is watch who u go out with n relationship is serious.

  28. Taurica A Davis

    Only way you could know for a fact, is if you had slept with her yourself, or this "wife or mistress" you speak of is your mother. Stop spreading rumors about people if you don't know FOR A FACT!

  29. Taurica A Davis

    She is an actor, and actors "ACT!" Seit it Off is not proof tat she is a Lesbian. Get real folks!

  30. Cocoa Purl

    You don't know anything for a fact. Stop lying.

  31. Paul S. Sedlacek

    I like her I don't care what her preference is! And it is her business!

  32. Ruby Stewart

    EXACTLY!!! Look at Neil Patrick Harris. Everyone knows he's gay, and yet almost every character he plays is straight. He's married to a woman in the movie "The Smurfs", and his most recent role of Barney on the show "How I Met Your Mother" is a womanizer. Lots of gay actors play straight people, and lots of straight actors play gay people.

  33. Tatiana TeeTee Jemmott

    this bitch said she has a wife & mistress with her lol not to be rude yall white folks dnt knw wtf yall be talkin about SHUT UP for once!!

  34. Key Sha

    I really don't care about her sexuality because she's awesome! It's none of our business who she gets down with, so I don't see why there is a problem. I admire her for wanting to keep her personal life private. I would be the same way.

  35. Preemie babies

    I agree with Cindy Ray, no one is obligated to come out, and NO ONE has the right to OUT someone, however the more we are out there, in every walk of life, the easier it gets for those who come after us. When we are the teacher, doctor, mailperson, store clerk, etc… we become less frightening and less sensational. I appreciate when someone prominent comes out, I also appreciate their right to privacy. I am very "out" have been for years, but it is not an easy path and comes with lots of consequences.

  36. Connie Hogg

    Is she saying that God hates gays and lesbians, because He's the one who says that it is wrong. As a Christian I believe the Bible therefore I believe homosexuality is wrong, but I don't hate Gays and Lesbians. I would pray that they turn from it, just as I would pray for anyone who has sin in their life. God hates my sins whatever they may be just as much as he hates the sin of homosexuality. But I know He doesn't hate me.

  37. Corey LD Mcbryde

    I want to know about your sexual habits and please spare no details feel free to be violent and explicit when describing your sexual acts and performances… Thank you kindly Sarah…

  38. Bunny Mayer

    no, I don't think they should declare their sexuality! it doesn't change their talent. it doesn't change their personality. it doesn't change anything about them. as far as I'm concerned, what happens behind closed doors is just that, behind closed doors and people's sexuality isn't anyone's business but theirs and if people believe it's a sin, then it's between them and God.

  39. Timarie Maske

    exactly Paulie! Why are people so hung up on this?

  40. Nick Chatelain

    True story: In about 2002, I met Queen Latifah, and she was obnoxious and completely rude for no reason whatsoever. Me, my two brothers, their two girlfriends and 2 of my very young neices were walking into the lobby of the Hollywood Hilton when I recognized Queen Latifah walking out through the front doors. I said "Hey! Look! Queen Latifah! What's up Queen!" Her reply? Only a dismissive "Pssh" as she continued past us. No one rushed her or hassled her, we were just saying hello and acknowleding her as fans. I will never forget that, and I lost all respect I had for her that day. So much for U.N.I.T.Y…

  41. Anonymous

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  42. Rosa Johnson

    you guys say it like its a defense or something. i dont care idf she is gay or not. and the truth is she is in a commited homosexual relationship/marriage.

  43. Lylo L. Nicholson

    I love the Queen…she was a lil' rough starting out and has blossomed into a megastar…u go girl!

  44. Stephen Mandel Joseph

    What Sarah stated is true. At least about Latifah always traveling around with exotic-looking and gorgeous women. When I used to write for the Source Magazine back in the 90s, we always saw Latifah at events with women, no men, no boyfriend. When you're straight, eventually people see you with a spouse or sex partner or at a strip club. Unless you're a hermit or nun, there's no way you're going without companionship. Or getting off someway. We are sexual creatures. But when you never see someone hugged up or with someone of the opposite sex, and you see them always in the face of some fine, gorgeous person of the same sex, doubts arise. During the filming of her movie with Common and with other men, Latifah always appears awkward in heterosexual love scenes., But during Set It Off, she seemed right at home with the lesbian character she played. This can be left to speculation, but the obvious is the obvious. Bottom line, though, who cares. People will embrace her the same as they do Wanda Sykes or Ricky Martin. You love a person for their nature, not their sexual preference. I respect her as an artist and as a person who wishes to keep her business her business.

  45. Nicole Mesa

    How rude of you to put her personal business on here after she declined to do so herself. It's not your place to talk about that. You obviously are a person who likes to kiss and then tell the whole world, but most of us grown ups like our privacy. You need to learn about respect and you need to think before you post hurtful and personal information about anyone other than yourself. Now those are facts!!!

  46. Anonymous

    I read a few years back that after lala ali divorced her husband that they were dating then I read the article that said that they were no longer a couple…but y does it matter if that's wat she chooses that's on her.. but I still think queen is sexy as hell.

  47. Shawnise Denkins

    I don't see what the big deal is…Every knows she's GAY…That is not a secret.

  48. Keri Wilhelm

    What they do in their personal life is their own.

  49. Carl Compton

    doesn't matter if she is or not shes still a very good looking woman, id go on a date with her anytime.

  50. Jay Mei Cee

    This kind of pseudo "journalism" irritates me so much! That last line assumes that she has a closet to come out of. The entire article is about her refusal to answer the question if she is gay or straight, so why on earth would you assume? Idiots!

  51. Debra Graves

    why is it that the public in general seems to feel that just because a person is famous, that they (the public) is somehow entitled to know things about the famous that is just none of their business? Even a person who is famous has the right to privacy!

  52. Debra Graves

    why is it that the public in general seems to feel that just because a person is famous, that they (the public) is somehow entitled to know things about the famous that is just none of their business? Even a person who is famous has the right to privacy!

  53. Linda Jackson

    It's her business. I could care less! She's a good actress.

  54. Linda Jackson

    It's her business. I could care less! She's a good actress.

  55. Corey LD Mcbryde

    Wow Stephen you call yourself a producer. but you went into lengths to almost write a book about someone else's business. I will definitely keep a look out for you, you are not to be trusted and someone I will never work with. A producer is a person of confidentiality and a person who is suppose to be trusted. You're saying her business is her business but look back at what you have written seems very much like contradictory…

  56. Author Rainee Grant

    They don't have to come out at all…but why do all of that commenting on the topic and answering the questions if their personal life is personal…Just simply tell the interviewer that you discuss your personal relationships in the public…Saying " I'm not saying I'm gay or I'm not saying I'm straight" is like feeding the rumors…They should just put an end to it all and say " I don't discuss my personal intimate life with the media or public…case closed"…IMO.

  57. Author Rainee Grant

    They don't have to come out at all…but why do all of that commenting on the topic and answering the questions if their personal life is personal…Just simply tell the interviewer that you don't discuss your personal relationships in the public…Saying " I'm not saying I'm gay or I'm not saying I'm straight" is like feeding the rumors…They should just put an end to it all and say " I don't discuss my personal intimate life with the media or public…case closed"…IMO.

  58. Anonymous

    Her sexuality is irrelevant to her career. And not just gay people perform for gay audiences. Straight people have gay followings too. She can be in the public eye but still keep her personal life separate.

  59. Eric Blake

    She's BEEN GAY SINCE "THE MOVIE SET IT OFF!"! There is no big deal about her being a lesbian but when you choose to hide your sexuality because of endorsement deals and money you need to say your ass in the closet! That says a lot about your character. We the people are the one's that are being played and maid a fool of because it only matter to us. I personally don't care if she's in the closet out the closet somebody tell me what guy has she ever dated! Where is her gay pride at!

  60. Katie Sawyer

    it just helps other folks who are struggling with it who may not have big fame to fall back on when they get critizied.

  61. Jenna Levinson

    Anyone who is disappointed by not knowing someones sexuality, celebrity or not, is a goon.

  62. Firefly Shay

    Her personal life is her own business. She has every right to keep it private. (she's gay! shhhh!) ♥ The Queen #QueerPower.

  63. Firefly Shay

    straight is the default sexuality. nobody has to come out as straight b/c it is assumed u are hetero until you tell us/show us otherwise.

  64. Jessica Lucinda Williams

    I would prefer it if everyone kept their personal lives personal. it's none of my business either way, and when you openly discuss it, you're opening yourself up to others judgments.

  65. Ankh Menhu Nubi

    people get real,she bumping coochies.celebs make me laugh with that its my personal life.what u fell to understand is when become a celeb you become a public brand so your life is a open book.and furthermore if you got love for the gays then you should be proud to say u are gay.yes the public has a right to know who they are supporting.its not my job to judge but i wont support someone whos fake.

  66. Ankh Menhu Nubi

    well because we pay their salaries.when you become a celeb you become a brand.i'm pretty sure her mother did not give her that name she was branded.

  67. Ankh Menhu Nubi

    I have been reading these post and now I know why our children r so confused, if you people had any sense you would take a interest on these celebs personal lives, you let you kids watch them and you wonder why lil timmy is now tammy.lol yall lost.you wonder why kids have no respect for each other or their parents.stop blaming everything else, and look in the mirror.wow.

  68. Bridgette Denise Stelly

    I thought she alreaady came out, all day gay and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that if that's her choice. Come on Queen go ahead and put it to bed so people can stop making a big deal out of it.

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  70. Josie Cary

    Funny when I saw the Social Cam thing I thought, "Who cares?" Why would that be a big deal today????

  71. Laura Marie-Mua

    Nobody gives a $hit if she comes out or not! We all know she's Gay and Fabulous!

  72. Sammie Rex

    If she came out the gay community's reply would be "we've been expecting you" followed by a maniacal laugh.

  73. Laura Marie-Mua

    We already know she's gay…she has a partner I dont think she'll ever "come out" because that's what everybody expects her to do.

  74. Marie A Santiago

    No it's their business, but I do really admire people who do because it can help young people who are going through a tough time.

  75. Michael Heintzelman

    So, I guess it doesn't matter that we have film of you eating pussy and enjoying the symbiotic ride, both on record and in private that displays your sexual preference. You once had admiration for being real. Now, it seems, you are just part of the show.

  76. Chuck Bryan

    That's right! So now if we can just get them to live their lives and shut the f@$k about it we'll be all set.

  77. Ronald Wales

    WHO THE HELL CARES—-tell the devil when you get there–well folks you blew it again.—DAMN, that closet must be big–how many are in there anyway-they must be having fun while waiting to get out—so why not go back in if it so bad and you cannot keep your mouth shut—–MOUTH SHUT —–GET IT–HHHHHHHHHHHMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

  78. Tim Terrell

    Rosa, yes, she is probably a lesbian. Yes it's her business, and she doesn't have to come out. But Ruby and Taurica were making the point that you can't interpret someone playing a gay or lesbian role in a movie as "coming out". And they were being defensive. They were trying to defend common sense against ignorance.

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  80. Matthew K. Moffatt

    there is this strong need to know if celebrities are straight or gay, honestly I don't care but when they say certain "lines", sorry that's pretty much a "yes" and when was the last time you saw her on the red carpet with a man? actions louder than words.

  81. Rosa Johnson

    lady, why the personal attack on me calling me ignorant? i have the right to my point of view. because you dont agree with me does not make me ignorant. what does that make you to get so heated about something so trivial? are you a closet queer?

  82. Troy N Sharon Paige

    Gloria, just saw what you wrote and I could not agree more. It's no one's business. Troy

  83. Pfunk Warren

    it's a private matter and should remain so. I also don't think people should be 'outed' either. minejabizniss.

  84. Antoinette Paris Fisher

    I think that Queen Latifah and anyone else who is in the closet (if indeed she is), shouuld stay there until they are ready to disclose thier sexual orientation. Until then, people should mind their business. They should mind their business afterwards, as well.

  85. Samster Hentzen

    Jerome Van Dyke why? Does it really matter who she likes? If God didn' t want her to be like, he wouldn't have made her like that. Why does her orientation bother you? It doesn't bother me that you are straight
    It is a personal lifestyle. Ans what you are doing is WRONG AND DISCRIMINATING. the constituent says that everyone has the freedom of choice and that everyone can live without harresment. If I made said you are less of a person because you are black, I would be doing the same thing as you. Mind your own Damn business and if you don't have nice, encouraging and positive things to say, do us all a favor and shut. The. Fuck. Up.

  86. Samster Hentzen

    Okay, bitch, have you met her? Have you had a conversation with her? No? Oh, then stop spreading rumors

  87. Abbriano Margherita

    It's stupid that people have to come OUT> Who cares what you do in your're home..Keep it to yourself..This just didn't happen in my day. People were people..