Entries in Sexuality (3)


R&B Singer Frank Ocean Reveals First Love was a Man

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Frank Ocean, the R&B singer and member of controversial hip-hop collective Odd Future, took to his blog to openly discuss his sexuality, telling readers that his first love was a man.

According to the critically acclaimed 24-year-old singer, he had originally planned to tell fans in the liner notes of his forthcoming album “Channel Orange,” but instead he took to his Tumblr as rumors began to circulate.  Several tracks on his new album are reportedly love songs addressed to a man.

“4 summers ago, I met somebody,” the singer wrote. “I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Every day almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile.

“Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with,” he wrote.

Ocean goes on to explain how he told his first love his feelings, but the man “wouldn’t tell the truth about his feelings for me for another 3 years.” He says that he kept the friendship going as he struggled with himself and his emotions.

“I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore … I was never alone, as much as it felt like it. As much as I still do sometimes. I never was. I don’t think I ever could be. Thanks. To my first love, I’m grateful for you,” he wrote.

Ocean burst onto the music scene in February 2011 with his acclaimed debut mix tape, “Nostalgia, Ultra.” He had become a member of Los Angeles-based alternative hip-hop collective Odd Future after appearing on member Domo Genesis’ track, “SteamRoller” in 2010.

Members of Odd Future, particularly lead member and co-founder Tyler, the Creator, have been accused of homophobia in the past, and the group was even dropped from the Big Day Out festival in Auckland, New Zealand, last year after activists said the group’s lyrics promote bullying of gays, bisexuals and transgender  people.

Tyler, the Creator, however, took to his Twitter feed early Wednesday to support  his friend.

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He’s Gay

Gregg DeGuire/PictureGroup(NEW YORK) -- After years of declining to discuss his sexuality, CNN’s Anderson Cooper has revealed that he’s gay.

The 45-year-old CNN anchor came out in an email to the Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan that was published on Sullivan’s blog this morning. Cooper was responding to an Entertainment Weekly article about how gay public figures are increasingly coming out in more restrained ways than in the past.

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Cooper writes.

Cooper explains that he kept his sexuality private “for professional reasons” but had “begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle.” Instances of gay bullying made him “believe there is value in making clear where I stand.”

While Cooper doesn’t go into the specifics about romantic relationships, he writes, “I am also blessed far beyond having a great career. I love, and I am loved.”

He concludes his email, “I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.”

In 2007, Out magazine famously featured Cooper’s face on the cover of its “Glass Closet” issue. (Subtitle: “Why the Stars Won’t Come Out and Play.”) In 2005, he defended his decision not to discuss his private life, telling New York Magazine, “I understand why people might be interested. But I just don’t talk about my personal life.”

Cooper anchors CNN’s primetime news show Anderson Cooper 360°. He also hosts a daytime talk show, Anderson.

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Cynthia Nixon Says Bisexuality Is Not a ‘Choice’

Jemal Countess/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Cynthia Nixon, 45,  recently clarified her claim that she is gay by choice. The Sex and the City actress recently told New York Times Magazine, “I understand that for many people it’s not, but for me it’s a choice, and you don’t get to define my gayness for me.”

Nixon’s comment upset some members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, who took umbrage with the idea that they have control over their sexual preference. In a statement published by the LGBT magazine The Advocate, Nixon said:

“While I don’t often use the word, the technically precise term for my orientation is bisexual. I believe bisexuality is not a choice, it is a fact. What I have ‘chosen’ is to be in a gay relationship. As I said in the Times and will say again here, I do, however, believe that most members of our community -- as well as the majority of heterosexuals -- cannot and do not choose the gender of the persons with whom they seek to have intimate relationships because, unlike me, they are only attracted to one sex.”

Nixon is engaged to her longtime partner Christine Marinoni. They have a young son.

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