Frank Ocean Lauded for Revealing Same-Sex Love

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  • NEW YORK (AP) — The music industry is showing support to R&B singer Frank Ocean after he revealed that his first love was a man.

    Ocean announced the news Wednesday on his blog. His record label's president, Joie Manda, showed support to the rising singer in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday.

    "The courage he displayed in his beautiful and eloquent letter was touching on many levels. Frank broke down a wall that should never have been built," Manda's statement read. "The overwhelming show of support from his peers was awesome and inspiring. Island Def Jam is so proud to stand beside Frank Ocean — the artist and man — now and always."

    Def Jam founder Russell Simmons wrote in a post that he's moved by Ocean's "courage and honesty."

    "Today is a big day for hip-hop," Simmons wrote on his Global Grind website Wednesday. "Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear."

    Flea of Red Hot Chili Peppers tweeted: "Strong move by frank ocean, makes me happy."

    And others, from Solange Knowles to RuPaul to Rita Ora, also tweeted positive thoughts.

    Actor Johnny Knoxville called Ocean's decision a "brave thing to do, and the right thing to do" in a tweet Thursday.

    Ocean is best known for the R&B songs "Novacane" and "Thinkin Bout You." The 24-year-old self-released his debut, "nostalgia, ULTRA," to critical success last year and will release an official album, "Channel Orange," on July 17. It features collaborations with John Mayer and Andre 3000 of OutKast.

    Ocean has also written songs for Beyonce, Justin Bieber, John Legend and Brandy. He appeared on two songs from Jay-Z and Kanye West's collaborative album, "Watch the Throne."

    The singer is also a member of the alternative hip-hop group Odd Future. His band mate, Tyler, the Creator, is known for using homophobic words in songs, but he also has showed support for Ocean.

    Outside of the celebrity world, some fans have praised Ocean. Others, though, weren't as supportive, with some saying they could no longer listen to Ocean's music because he was romantically linked to a man.

    Ocean will launch his U.S. tour next week.

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    5 thoughts on “Frank Ocean Lauded for Revealing Same-Sex Love

    1. I must be getting old because I don’t even know who Frank Ocean is.
      Is he Billy Ocean’s son ????? I am strongly opposed to homosexuality and I
      don’t want to see it. Yes, there are many gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the entertainment business and most are stuck deep under the closet……………….

    2. I must be getting old because I don’t even know who Frank Ocean is.
      Is he Billy Ocean’s son ????? I am strongly opposed to homosexuality and I
      don’t want to see it. Yes, there are many gays, lesbians and bisexuals in the entertainment business and most are stuck deep under the closet……………….

    3. i agree w/both bigblackrod & creativelady…judge not, lest you, too want to be judged. even more importantly, the real question still remains…what does it have to do with you or how you live your life?? are we (society in general) so miserable in our own lives, that we ‘need’ to go to such lengths (e.g. outings, bashing, ect.) to make the lives of others so arduous simply for being different.
      it’s really unfortunate, b/c when you harbor that much hate within yourself it eats you alive. what is also sad, but true is….there is not a single family on the planet that does not consist of at the very least, one gay, lesbian, bi or transgender member. therefore, this is the single, most profound statement you will ever say to your….SON or DAUGHTER– mom, dad, brother, sister, grandmother/father, cousin, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle….wow, what a legacy of hate and intolerance! our families, as is the world we live in take pleasure in our lack of compassion as if it were a badge of honor. consider this– what if you had to walk in the shoes of those who endure this pain…could you, seriously?! i thought the letter was quite powerful. best to you, my brother. i leave you w/two thoughts-
      - “the world needs more warm hearts and fewer hot heads”
      - “who would live and not love?”

    4. I don’t think Frank Ocean’s announcement came as a shock to a lot of people. It is not shocking to me when celebrities reveal their same sex relationships. Though this topic runs deep and wide and has many twists and “what if scenarios”, I personally don’t care to judge people by their sexual preferences. I think when celebrities make public announcements, it is probably because someone has been threatening to out them. Otherwise, it is none of my business who they are involved with. My expectation: keep making music, movies, fashion, writing books, whatever, that I like.

    5. This is why Luther went to his grave unrequited. People want to act like there is no such thing as male homsexuality. As long as this sort of discrimination exists, there will be “down low” men, and you won’t be able to tell. Maybe that’s why there’s so many “out” lesbians, because of the acceptance…PEACE.

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