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RUMOR CONTROL: Queen Latifah DENIES "Coming Out" At Long Beach Pride

Queen Latifah has just publicly denied that the May 19th performance at Long Beach’s Lesbian & Gay Pride event was her "coming out." Deets inside....

On May 19, actress/rapper/HSN mogul Queen Latifah performed at the 2012 Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Event.  And , of course, folks around the net assumed this was her way of "coming out of the closet."  Now, she's addressing the rumors that she "came out" during her performance.  She told Entertainment Weekly,

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

But don't take Queen's statement as a diss to the LGBT community.  She continued,

“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. Tupac happened to be in town, so he came to kick it with me. This was the early ’90s. And the boys were like, ‘Take your shirt off, Tupac!’ He wasn’t doing that. But we had a blast in there.”

Queen also addressed the bullying that many people in the community experience, saying,

“I know that the most important thing and the only thing I have to give is love. 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.” 

So there you have it.

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Well we know what will happen if Queen Latifah comes out. The endorsments will dry up over night, magazine covers will disappear and the movie offers would be nonexistent. The US is full of hypocrites that say it doesn't matter if you are gay, but when someone famous comes out, watch what happens to their career. Queen Latifah is doing the right thing keeping her business to herself.
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Whats the big deal about her

Whats the big deal about her "coming out" I respect her decision to keep that private. We all know she is gay so why is it that you MUST hear her say it?! We always have the tendency to make something outta nothing. If she did say she was a lesbian what are you gonna say "I knew it"??? SHOCKER!!!! She doesn't owe it to anybody to comment on her lifestyle. The only person she needs to speak for is herself. Get you some guts and come out the closet on your own. Why do the LGBT community need for every gay celebrity to encourage them to come out? There are plenty other LGBT celebrities who are proud of their sexuality... look to them and leave those who want their privacy alone...There are ppl who really dont want that attention and not because they're shame...they'd just rather keep some things private...as they should. Surprisingly there are ppl in this world who don't feel the need to put their business out to the world via social media looking for attention. Completely respect for not succumbing to the unnecessary pressure to "Come Out".
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It would be awesome for the gay community if Queen Latifah came out to fully support the community and its fight for equal rights and treatment. She is a great example for the Gay community, so sad she is afraid.
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I agree. Maybe she's one of

I agree. Maybe she's one of those people who are ashamed of being gay. My old co-worker is a lesbian who told me she was ashamed of being gay but felt trapped b/c she was (according to her) born that way. Queen would be a great role model if she would just admit it.
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I loves me some Queen Latifah! Come out or don't; I don't give a damn. Her acting, her musicality, her beauty, it's all fab. Hell, I never had to come out as a straight Black woman. Keep your business to yourself Queen, it's alright.
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It is up to her and it is ok

It is up to her and it is ok for her to keep it private.
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It is up to her and it is ok

It is up to her and it is ok for her to keep it private.
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Have you ever seen Latifah

Have you ever seen Latifah with a man? Nope! Did she not play the hell out of Cleo, the big manly super-dike in Set it Off? Yes! Nuff said.
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Mmhm that sho' was one of her

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Anonymous's picture

Love is the last thing I see

Love is the last thing I see in the gay community...all I see is sick individuals wanting to justify their need to satisfy the flesh with the same sex.
Anonymous's picture

What are YOU doing in the gay

What are YOU doing in the gay community Anonymous homophobe hater?????
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WHO cares? I'm Bisexual and

WHO cares? I'm Bisexual and proud!
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I don't really care about

I don't really care about this woman's sexuality and I am for one glad she isn't slapping people in the face with it eventhough it does seem like she's ashamed of who she is. But then again, she may just keeping it under raps to keep her career afloat. Either way she is doing what she feels is best for her.
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Why does everybody keep

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Sorry my friend, its true.

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