Janelle Monáe & Erykah Badu: “Q.U.E.E.N.”

This weekend, I invite you all to queen the fuck out. When the word “queen” is thrown around as an insult within the gay community, it can have as much of a negative impact as our hetero brethren calling us “fags”. There’s no right or wrong way to be gay. This should go without saying, but people can’t get it through their thick skulls! If you want to go to hockey games and play video games, it doesn’t make you any less gay. If you want to put on high heels and prance to Beyoncé, it doesn’t make you any more gay. If you want to sleep with women, it might technically make you a little less gay, but hey, you’re welcome to the party too. If you’re a trans man who’s exclusively attracted to men, you are without a doubt no less of a gay man.

At the end of the day? We all want dicks in our mouths (or butts on our dicks). That’s why we’re here.

You’re probably wondering what any of this has to do with “Q.U.E.E.N.”, the funky new single from the otherworldly musical beings known as Janelle Monáe and Erykah Badu. Well, on a very simple level, it’s a song about being yourself and not conforming to socially-constructed ideas of femininity. This might leave you wondering, “Yeah, but what does this empowerment anthem for women have to do with ME?”

Potentially? Nothing! Yet I think there’s something here that we can all relate to, especially as gay men. I’m not talking about the RuPaul’s Drag Race vernacular thrown into the first verse. I’m not talking about the “fierce” visuals director Alan Ferguson crafted for the song. And, no, I am not in any way, shape or form equating being gay to being a woman.

“Even if it makes other uncomfortable, I will love who I am.”

I’m talking about that. When I said earlier I want you to queen the fuck out this weekend, I wasn’t telling you to dress up in mesh thongs and pop your booty at the club (unless that’s what you want to do). I was telling you to love every inch of your body and soul. Do whatever makes you who you are as a gay, bisexual, straight man or however you identify, even if others try to cut you down for doing your thing. The booty don’t lie, my friends. The booty don’t lie.

– Dewitt



One thought on “Janelle Monáe & Erykah Badu: “Q.U.E.E.N.”

  1. Funny my bf sent me this vid yesterday. I like the song, especially the last 2-3 minutes. I’ve had to give it a few listens to let it grow, as at first there was an oomph I was craving that wasn’t there. However, after a few listens…I dig it more and more.

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