This was a big week for coming out like it ain’t no thing. Frank Ocean is an up and coming r&b/hip-hop singer right on the cusp of mainstream possibility. Which is why it was pretty damn brave of him to reveal that his first true love was a man. Ocean posted what were intended to be some liner notes to his upcoming album on his Tumblr.
“4 summer ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost… 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. I don’t know what happens now, and that’s alrite. I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore… Thanks to my first love, I’m grateful for you. Grateful that even though it wasn’t what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was… I feel like a free man. If I listen closely… I can hear the sky falling too.”
It’s no secret that the hip-hop community has never been the most accepting about alternative sexuality (“no homo”), but maybe this is the start of something big. Or just something.
– J. Harvey