Queen Latifah Comes Out at Pride Parade

Niki Cruz - Author

Jun. 15 2013, Updated 11:00 p.m. ET

Earlier in the month we reported that Queen Latifah had essentially come out of the closet when she signed on to speak at the Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival in Long Beach, California.

It wasn’t certain whether or not Queen Latifah would address her sexuality at the pride parade, but on Saturday in a sea of gay and lesbian attendees, Latifah, real name Dana Owens made her pride known.

Latifah took to the stage performing hit single such as, “U.N.I.T.Y.” and “Ladies First”, and was said to be full of energy and support. She performed her quick set for the attendees, also echoing positive verses like “conquer hate with love.”

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Queen Latifah, who’s sexuality has been a main target for bloggers alike finally came out at the parade, but she did it on her own terms surrounded by love and support, saying “I’ve been waiting to do this for a long time,” and later on adding that she was “proud to be among my people.”

In a press release, the Co-President of the festival, Pat Crosby could barely contain her excitement, saying, “From hip to R&B, pop to standards, Queen Latifah is the voice of our generation, and her concert here will be phenomenal, for her to make her worldwide Pride debut here in Long Beach is a tremendous testament to the popularity of our celebration and to the strength of our community.”

This informal announcement comes off the heels of her rumored relationship with a choreographer. In the past Latifah maintained a long term relationship with the president of Hollywood Trainer, Jeanette Jenkins. The two split ways in 2011.

See Queen Latifah do her thing at the festival below.


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