In the early morning hours yesterday, singer, songwriter, and member of Hip Hop group Frank Ocean posted a letter on his personal Tumblr page addressing rumors about his sexuality.
In what seemed to be his way of coming out as bisexual, Frank revealed that his first love was actually a man. The admission was in response to the recent speculation that Ocean had come out on a song on his upcoming debut album Channel Orange.
Since the revelation, many of his fellow celebrities have shown their support of his courageous move, including his group mate Tyler the Creator, writer dream hampton, and Russell Simmons.
We admire the great courage and beauty and fearlessness in your coming out, not only as a bisexual Black man, but as a broken hearted one. The tender irony that your letter is to a boy who was unable to return your love until years later because he was living a lie is the only truly tragic detail about your letter. A million twirls on this spinning ocean blue globe in this vast endless blackness for you my love.
Russell Simmons also commended Frank, saying his announcement “changed the game.”
Today is a big day for hip-hop. It is a day that will define who we really are. How compassionate will we be? How loving can we be? How inclusive are we?
I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore, but we know they do, and because of that I decided to write this short statement of support for one of the greatest new artists we have.
His gifts are undeniable. His talent, enormous. His bravery, incredible. His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people. Every single one of us is born with peace and tranquility in our heart. Frank just found his.
Frank, we thank you. We support you. We love you.
But probably more important than everyone else’s reaction, is that of Katonya Breaux Riley, Frank’s mother.
After his letter, she thanked his supporters and voiced how proud she was of her son.
Thank you to all who have shown love and support. My son is the most incredible human I know. Honest, true and loving.We appreciate you!
— katonya breaux riley (@katonya) July 4, 2012
You can click here to read Frank’s letter in full.