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WHOA: Odd Future's Syd the Kyd Talks Being A Lesbian, Says Alicia Keys & Queen Latifah Should COME OUT OF THE CLOSET

Odd Future isn't known for holding their toungue.  The talented musical group made up of umpteen members who sing, rap, dance, produce--notably Frank Ocean and Tyler The Creator--has gotten into plenty of trouble for saying whatever they want. 

 

Now another member, Syd the Kyd, says she would have wanted Queen Latifah and Alicia Keys as her role models while she navigated growing up a lesbian.  Her words inside...

 

 

The lone female of Odd Future, singer/DJ Syd the Kid, is about to set it off.  For one, she's creating a duo called The Internet with another member of the group--Matt Martians.  

And in a new interview with LA Weekly, she is opening up about her lesbianism. She also says she wishes Missy Elliot, Queen Latifah, and Alicia Keys would have come out of the closet to be a role model for her.

On the lack of out-of-the-closet gay urban artists:
Syd: "There's Alicia Keys, who's married to Swizz Beats - we know that shit ain't real. You got Queen Latifah kissing Common in movies. Missy Elliott saying she don't wanna hang with bitches. You know she loves her some bitches."

On coming out via The Internet's "Cocaine" video:
Syd: "I decided to do it because I wish I had someone like that [an openly gay female artist] while I was coming up. People write on my Tumblr just thanking me for making the video, saying that I really inspire them, and they want to be like me. But I wasn't always this way, this comfortable with myself, and I remember what that was like. So I figure, fuck it. Everyday people aren't given this opportunity and I realize that. And I didn't at first. I thought I was just lucky to be along for the ride."

On homosexuality in the media:
Syd: "We didn't make the video to make a statement about Odd Future and homophobia. It was to showcase a song by the Internet. But over the years I've come across so many dyke singers, dyke rappers, people with real heart and passion, and it's a shame that not one of them has made it. And I get it, the world is just now starting to become open about homosexuality. I can't really say I've contributed to that, and I'm grateful to the people who have set a path for me to be who I am today. And I guess in that sense I want to return the favor."

On getting asked that question:
Syd: "I put myself out there because I'm sick of people asking. I've been asked it so many times. It's annoying, it's like, you can't answer that yourself? And awkward because it's not like they're going up to the other guys in the group and asking if they're straight. Now I don't have to answer that question outright. Because I don't want to. It's not that I'm not proud of who I am.  Do I look straight to you? Shit, you got your answer -- go watch 'Cocaine.'"

Oh....

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I'm a woman, I've known about

I'm a woman, I've known about gay people since I was a little girl and I've never wanted to or attempted to sleep with another woman. Period. You're either gay or you're not, no one can make you that way just by discussing it or expressing it. Is that really what you're afraid of? Then that's your issue, you have gay feelings and if you keep hearing about gay folks and what they do, you're going to act on those feelings, plain and simple. That is absolutely insane!!! That's like saying if I keep hearing about child molestation I'ma up and molest a child or if I keep hearing about murder and people robbing banks, it's only a matter of time before I do the same. O_o Do yall people think before you speak? People who are gay have been that way from the beginning but some were afraid to act on it because they were taught that they were evil for having these thoughts and desires, they didn't just up and turn gay because it was being 'shoved down their throats'....yall people kill me. Read a book man/woman...and not just the bible because they ish got yall minds effed up for real!!! The God I serve is understanding and loving, and since he don't make mistakes......you know the rest. Good Day!!!!
Ms Kitty's picture

ms. kitty the child

ms. kitty the child molestation comparison is kind of off. If you keep hearing about child molestation and the media and the world keep sending you messages that child molestation is GOOD then people are going to probably begin thinking that child molestation is good. That is the difference. We all agree that child molestation is WRONG so when we hear about it, we are all disgusted by it (unless we are molestors). on the other hand, i remember when i was in high school freshman year no one was gay.... except like 2 people. Then they started this club called the "culture club" where we could learn about different cultures. At the end of the school year, this girl came out in the culture club and it was the talk of town... I come back from summer break, sophomore year, all of a sudden it seemed like everyone was gay...these same kids the year before were heterosexual...lol. Junior year, folks weren't gay anymore...LMAO. People do what the hell they see. HAHAHAHA! ridiculous. Yes, there is a gay agenda.
Anonymous's picture

Did you ever stop to think

Did you ever stop to think that those kids came out because now they felt more comfortable coming out being that there was a group for kids like them and they had people around that they could related through and they could feel comfortable being themselves for once? There are just too many ignorant, cruel people in the world and a lot of them are on this blog. I can't reach the masses but I will continue to do my part, but I do understand that ignorance is bliss and it's passed down from generation to generation. Knowledge is the key to enlightenment and freedom, don't be ignorant. It doesn't just hurt you, it hurts everyone and it's like a disease that spreads.......Good Day!
Ms Kitty's picture

Yes, yes, yes. Amen!

Yes, yes, yes. Amen!
Anonymous's picture

THANK YOU CP!!

THANK YOU CP!!
Anonymous's picture

You spoke eloquently and

You spoke eloquently and nothing but the truth.... God Bless U.
YOLANDA's picture

As a gay woman, I have never

As a gay woman, I have never had any inner turmoil with regards to my sexuality because it is unnatural. In fact, being with women is far more natural to me than being with a man. Being with men made me uncomfortable and it made me feel disgusted. The idea that somehow because something is not natural to you, that is unnatural to everyone else, is purely ridiculous. My inner turmoil results from the kinds of attitudes, hatred and rejection that people like you impose on me simply because I love differently than you. My love for my partner harms no one. As far as I know, when my partner wake up in the morning next to each other and go about our daily lives, we are harming no one. The reality is that human beings sole purpose is not to procreate. If it were, how do we explain the millions of heterosexuals who cannot have children naturally due to being sterile etc. Even if everyone on earth were gay, human beings would still be able to procreate (artificial insemination). So that argument is weak. Also, if sexuality and gender were supposed to fit into comfortable binaries, why is it that God create intersexed people (individuals with both male and female organs)?
Stopthemadnesss's picture

@stopthemadness God didnt

@stopthemadness God didnt create inter-sexed people with both male and female organs. That's due to chromosomes and other scientific explanation to why the individual came out that way. God created wind, water, and the sun. That doesnt mean that when those things combine and a hurricane hits us, that God wanted to kill some ppl with a hurricane, STUFF HAPPENS. Get over it
Anonymous's picture

huh?

huh?
Stopthemadnesss's picture

all that you speak of are due

all that you speak of are due to spirits...
Anonymous's picture

YEEEES! THANK YOU!

YEEEES! THANK YOU!
Anonymous's picture

Regarding the comments on

Regarding the comments on this: someone said Syd is just going off of rumors that Alicia is gay...I always thought she was gay af, but NEVER heard one rumor of it...so, that theory is bs! Then someone said how could others coming out enhance Syd's life. The answer: the same way Barack Obama being the first black POTUS will/can enhance the lives of young black men everywhere. It shows that they are just as important/worthy/special as anyone else who gets the shine. It shows their sexual preference and gender affiliation is not something to kill yourself over or be ashamed of. My opinion: I really am glad a REAL lesbian/stud is in the mainstream. Sorry dudes, but they have swag, they're cute and they're people too. There are only a few sexy, swaggerific rappers/singers on the black scene - we can use some more. But, it doesn't have the same effect as a male transgender, sorry guys/gals. For a man to be feminine is very unattractive to the majority of people other than bi-sexuals.
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Barack is the first Black

Barack is the first Black POTUS and he has never denied it. How can two people who chose the closet inspire young gays other than to tell them the key to success is to keep your info to yourself? If Syd managed to get inspiration from these women based on their sexuality, undoubtedly others will to. They don't need to broadcast something they don't wish to. This is why being gay can not be equated to being Black. For the most part, Blackness is undeniable. A gay person can choose to identify or NOT to identify.
SweetDivaT's picture

I don't even know who this

I don't even know who this person is but she needs to shut up. Alicia addressed these gay rumors years ago, yes her image was rough around the edges when she came out but she has repeatedly came out to say she is not gay! I mean this woman went through the public calling her all types of whores and homewreckers just to be with her man. Who would go through all that if it's all "fake"!! I think her statement is very disrespectful to these ppl choose to live their lives the way they want to and they have that right, neither of them owe her anything. All of you who assume someone is gay by the way they dress or act are clearly ignorant.
Callie's picture

On some level, I agree with

On some level, I agree with this chick (whoever she is). I think that it is important for young LGBT people to have role models so that they know that they are not alone and that they can reach their goals and not be encumbered by homophobia etc. I also think that it is important for black people to see that LGBT people are not boogie monsters. There are very few openly gay black people compared to our white counterparts. The more of us who come out, the more strides we will be able to make in terms of equality and acceptance. On the other hand, everyone has the right to come out in their own time. It is an intensely personal choice and can have so many negative ramifications, particularly for people of color. Black LGBT youth are twice as likely to be kicked out their homes for being gay. I work with many LGBT youth who have been abandoned by their families and now live on the streets. And many black adult LGBT folks lose their families and sometimes even their careers. This is not something that should be taken lightly.
Stopthemadnesss's picture

finally someone gets it...

finally someone gets it...
LadyDaly's picture

So sick of this agenda being

So sick of this agenda being stuffed down our throughts. The younger generation actually thinks this is normal because it is all over the place. smh. they make people homophobic forces this and their values on people.
Anonymous's picture

uh please, this is not a new

uh please, this is not a new thing. homosexuality has been around ever since there's been humans and animals. there's no "agenda." like that other poster said, if you don't like it you didn't have to click the link. no one's shoving anything down your throat.
Anonymous's picture

its not being stuffed down

its not being stuffed down your throat (that's the correct spelling by the way) you chose to click this link and read the article. how is that forcing you to. The reality is gay women and men have been swept under the radar and it's time they get the respect they deserve. If racism is unacceptable then homophobia should be too. People are people...we need to respect difference and move on. People like you that feel that it's not normal are the reason so many gay people speak up and out...YOU ARE THE PROBLEM... expand your brain capacity...dumb ass.
Anonymous's picture

You can be angry about my

You can be angry about my comment all you want. It doesn't change how I feel about the subject. You need to calm down, lol. Just like you can live how you want to live, I can feel how I want to feel...get over it!
Anonymous's picture

No one is trying to change

No one is trying to change how you feel and there is nothing to get over. Anyone with intelligence knows, once a jackass always a jackass. the fact still remains... u chose to read this, u chose to follow the thread, so you are forcing it down your own throat. You tired of the gay stuff...don't folow it.
Anonymous's picture

Ok, your the one being a

Ok, your the one being a jackass with the name calling. I haven't called you anything. You are so angry about what I'm posting but alot of people (actually the people that you are trying to gain acceptance from) feel the way I feel. How about you try to understand where I am coming from before you become so nasty. I never said anything bad about gay people, I am just sick of seeing it everywhere. Reality is that it does indeed make people who otherwise didn't care HOMOPHOBIC because they feel as if it is being stuffed down their throats. And this is not a YBF thing, it is everywhere. And it will backfire on you. So yes, you need to calm down. Your solution is to become mean and nasty towards me and for me to stop following this post? ok.. cool. Don't ask the world accept you then because I am not the only one who feels this way. you are a minority within minorities.
Anonymous's picture

You are so right

You are so right
Anonymous's picture

I meant "throats" not

I meant "throats" not "throughts" lol
Anonymous's picture

whether you agree with

whether you agree with homosexuals or not we all share the same world & we have to live co-operatively with those that are different than us so that we can advance & solve larger issues.
Anonymous's picture

Yeah I get that... being gay

Yeah I get that... being gay is nothing new though. But all of a sudden it is EVERYWHERE and if you don't agree with seeing it on your cereal boxes (so to speak )then people become up in arms and all of a sudden you are some hateful homophobic..lol. Whatever. I respect Queen Latifah if she is in that lifestyle, at least she is doing it privately... If people want me to respect their lifestyle (I get it, you have the right as an American to live the lifestyle you want) then respect MY right to not agree with it based off of my christian values (yep, freedom of religion is also in the constitution but somehow it is ok to crap all over this if a person is christian).
Anonymous's picture

yuck

yuck
Anonymous's picture

Boy (Sdy), sit down

Boy (Sdy), sit down somewhere...smh
Anonymous's picture

He's a funny lookin' little

He's a funny lookin' little dude isn't she?.... But forreal....just because people have long speculated and created rumors that Queen, Missy or Alicia Keys are homosexual doesn't mean it's true. Yes they could be, but maybe not. Have they actually said it? Because Syd the Kyd has come out to say she is a lesbian also does not mean she KNOWS for sure who is gay/lesbian or not. All of her points are based on common rumors and hold no validity.
Slim's picture

Right On! and Word Up! (old

Right On! and Word Up! (old Mags) LOL!
Moody's picture

Alicia Keys has always given

Alicia Keys has always given me dyke vibes...missy and latifah obvious...but why do people...straights and gays wanna force people to tell them their business..gtf outta here
Anonymous's picture

SORRY! Alicia Keys is Gay!

SORRY! Alicia Keys is Gay! I'm so happy with Syd the Kid! Who does she think she is? HOW DARE SHE STAY IN THE CLOSET! This is such a PUBLICITY STUNT! I HOPE it works for SYD! It's such a shame that in order to get some attention people like this Alicia are willing to do ANYTHING. Syd...if your happy being a Lesbian...more power to you. And remember this we ARE living according to GOD's LAW! Alicia Keys is a married woman and a MOTHER. How dare she live a LIE? It's just disgusting. I LOVE ODD FUTURE... FRANK and TYLER but especially Syd This is such a great-story. Made for the BLOGS. She better not get a defamation lawsuit. ALICA KEYS is NOT GOD'S CHILD. She is SOOOO GAY!
Furious Digitari 's picture

wtf are you saying?

wtf are you saying?
jayde 's picture

Only the white man's God..You

Only the white man's God..You African American's really need to go beyond your slave heritage and figure out whats really going on..If you are a christian which thank goodness i am not You supposed GOD destroyed Sodam & Gomora because of Sodamy, prostitutuon.etc.. and then in the new testament denounced again..saying a man should not lie with another man... So know according to your own religion your not a child of God..Learn you history before you help the white man suceed in wiping out our race..
Taytay's picture

What are you even saying? You

What are you even saying? You make no sense, just a bunch of angry rambling. If someones spiritual walk offends you then there must be something seriously insecure about you deep down inside. Please worry about your own nationality and stop sweating over others. You'll live longer. Btw the black nation had an intimate relationship with The Most High before lepers aka whites were even breathing. They went wayward and strayed following other pagan nations and descended into idolatry and witchcraft. That is why The Lord let them fall into the hands of the white nation and led them into bondage. It is recorded in the book of Dueteronomy. It was only to bring them back to Him, which it did. Whites were used by him to relearn who He was. They thought they were using the gospel to control blacks, which they were to a certain extent, but at the same time The Most High had bigger plans. Please don't speak of what you know nothing of. You sound like a banking idiot with no understanding.
Anonymous's picture

What are you even saying? You

What are you even saying? You make no sense, just a bunch of angry rambling. If someones spiritual walk offends you then there must be something seriously insecure about you deep down inside. Please worry about your own nationality and stop sweating over others. You'll live longer. Btw the black nation had an intimate relationship with The Most High before lepers aka whites were even breathing. They went wayward and strayed following other pagan nations and descended into idolatry and witchcraft. That is why The Lord let them fall into the hands of the white nation and led them into bondage. It is recorded in the book of Dueteronomy. It was only to bring them back to Him, which it did. Whites were used by him to relearn who He was. They thought they were using the gospel to control blacks, which they were to a certain extent, but at the same time The Most High had bigger plans. Please don't speak of what you know nothing of. You sound like a banking idiot with no understanding.
Anonymous's picture

I'm not trying to be smart,

I'm not trying to be smart, but can you rephrase this because I don't understand this post but I want to...
Anonymous's picture

Queen Latifah already came

Queen Latifah already came out at a music award show. One of those big ones, i forgot with one maybe AMAs. Alicia is bisexual we all know that now. she doesn't need to say anything.
Anonymous 's picture

I'M SO TIRED OF THESE SICK

I'M SO TIRED OF THESE SICK ASS HOMO'S!!!!...THEYBF SHOULD NOT BE ENCOURAGING NOR SUPPORTING THIS SICK LIFESTYLE!!!!!
smartblackgirl's picture

and they should support your

and they should support your comment.... isnt judgment a sin... you are judging a whole group of people calling them sick....i bet you will be the one to burn in hell. I can almost guarantee when you have kids (if you dont already DUMB BLACK GIRL) they will turn out gay. that will be your personal hell.
Anonymous's picture

Ugh really....how r u going

Ugh really....how r u going to comment on someone who is grown! Just cause you want to try to pull off looking like a dude....and doing it badly I might add, this heifa aint even cute. Anyway, you cant speculate on them chicks, they know whats best for their image and lifestyle, you look like a fool, verbally and physically. And give Frankie Ocean back that suit...
mamareese's picture

Love how people like to set

Love how people like to set the agenda for other people. If you managed to still hold as gay role models, despite the fact they have never copped to it, then I'm sure other people will figure things out too. How will her life be improved if Alicia Keys and Latifah come out the closet?
SweetDivaT's picture

I know Missy Elliot is a

I know Missy Elliot is a gay.. I'm not surprised she claims Alicia Keys is a gay.. and EVERYONE knows Queen Latifah is gay.. she just doesn't flaunt it... so what she kissed Common in a movie.. IT'S A MOVIE.. She's ACTING.. Neil Patrick Harris plays a straight man who's a player in How I Met Your Mother.... he's winning People's Choice Awards etc... his career didn't even take off until he came out.. so what the F is this dike talking about..
TruthBeTold's picture

SORRY! Alicia Keys is NOT

SORRY! Alicia Keys is NOT Gay! I'm so upset at Syd the Kid! Who does she think she is? HOW DARE SHE! This is such a PUBLICITY STUNT! It's such a shame that in order to get some attention people like this are willing to do ANYTHING. Sud...if your happy being a Lesbian...more power to you. But remember this you're not living according to GOD's LAW! Alicia Keys is a married woman and a MOTHER. How dare you try and bring this shame to her name? It's just disgusting. I LOVE ODD FUTURE... especially FRANK and TYLER but Syd...you have ISSUES! This is such a non-story. Made for the BLOGS. She better watch her back before she get's a defamation lawsuit. ALICA KEYS is GOD' CHILD. She is not and never will be GAY!
Furious Digitari's picture

"outing" people is never ok.

"outing" people is never ok. I also don't think any celebrity is obligated to come out. Children have parents, families, teachers, communities, etc. THAT is where you are supposed to get the tools you need to navigate in this world, not from people on television. I understand her point and I understand growing up as a gay teen may be difficult, but she has to understand that celebrities don't owe her anything. As far as Alicia goes....who knows? who really even cares? if she is or if she isn't. She still doesn't owe anybody anything. The people who know her know how she gets down and that's all that need to know.
Tian's picture

Though I do understand what

Though I do understand what she is saying about having role models, her decision to call those artists out is not a good look for her. Especially being that she is new on the scene and trying to make a name for herself but i will add that I do respect her gangsta, lol!!
Phoenix's picture

that is so wrong of her to be

that is so wrong of her to be calling out people like that.
Anonymous's picture

QUEEN AK IS GAY!!! You may

QUEEN AK IS GAY!!! You may need to come out the CLOSET YOURSELF iF YOU CANT SEE THAT SHHHHH!!! OH!
Anonymous's picture

|I suppose that's why Queen

|I suppose that's why Queen Latifah and her exercise friend were on the honeymoon boat with Alicia Keys and her husband, interesting
Anonymous's picture

Her comments are so ignorant

Her comments are so ignorant regarding celebrities...1st of all every1 knos QL is gay...every1 knew her girlfriend...she came out about that a long time ago...as far as alicia keys is concerned she is NOT gay...she was just more of a tomboy...nobody said that shit about ciara when she 1st came out or even when aaliyah 1st came out...everytime some1 is a little rough around the edges or has a tomboyish attitude, they have 2 b gay...b4 alicia keys was dating swizz, she was in a long time relationship with krucial...he was her biz partner and her man...ppl use 2 think I was gay back when I was 18 bcuz I use 2 wear baggy clothes and trust me, I'M NOT!! Alicia has exposed everything about her life...how she grew up, where she grew up and how she became a musician...if u watch the mini film she put 2gether on her re-release of SIAM u will learn about her struggle...u can't assume someone is gay becuz they have a certain style or move a certain way...when chicks rockin du-rags and got they pants saggin then yeah its safe 2 assume or if u c them holding hands or making out with a chick then probably...
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