When news broke of Frank Ocean coming out as a bisexual two days ago, I was a little skeptical. The allegations were from a blog that had an exclusive listen of his upcoming album, Channel Orange, describing a few lyrics using pronouns like “he” and “him.” That just wasn’t enough for me. The response to this claim was rather subtle. Few people responded negatively, and there was mostly support.
A few moments ago, Frank Ocean posted a heartfelt letter on his Tumblr confirming the rumors, and putting a smile on my face.
4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence. Until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice, It was my first love, it changed my life.
Frank then goes on to explain the women he had been with in his life, and how his feelings for them didn’t quite compare to that of his feelings for “him.”
Before writing this I’d told some people my story. I’m sure there people kept me alive, kept me safe. Sincerely. These are the folks I wanna thank from the floor of my heart. Everyone of you knows who you are. Great humans, probably angels. I don’t know what happens now, and that’ alrite. I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore. There’s probably some small shit still, but you know what I mean. I was never alone. As much as I felt like it… as much as I still do sometimes. I never was. I don’t think I ever could be. Thanks.
This letter has definitely put me in my feelings tonight. It makes me feel confident about change in this world. First, President Obama gives his support, and even Jay-Z and T.I. said some kind words, then Anderson Cooper makes himself visible to support those who don’t have many to look up to. Now, a black male within the R&B genre has stepped out and up to the plate. That is very admirable, particularly in a world and culture that still may not be ready for it.
I have a newfound respect for him. I appreciate this. How about you? Be sure to check out the full letter after the jump and post your thoughts.