You’d think after President Obama, the NAACP and countless others came out in support of marriage equality — and as the nation prepares to celebrate Pride month — that Queen Latifah might (finally) find the inspiration to acknowledge she’s a lesbian. You’d be wrong.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the closeted actress insists that her May performance at Long Beach Pride was not a coming out party.
“That definitely wasn’t the case,” she told EW. “I’ve never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. It’s just not gonna happen.”
I cannot fathom a more destructive message to send to LGBT youth. The fact of being gay is no more a private matter than it is for straight people, not one of whom would ever decline to say they were heterosexual. When the wealthiest, most successful among us refuse to come out (hello, Anderson Cooper), how can we expect the rural schoolteacher and construction worker to do the same?
The Latifah gay rumors have been around for years and are supported by intimate photos of her with her girlfriend and by private accounts from those who know and work with her.
Maybe her fellow Cover Girl Ellen DeGeneres can talk some sense into her. In the meantime, Pride organizers should stop booking her to perform for LGBT audiences. There are plenty of affirming role models out there who are happy to perform at our Pride celebrations that we needn’t line the pockets of shameful cowards like Latifah.