Less than 24 hours after Odd Future affiliate Frank Ocean announced his bi-sexuality in an open letter, the singer has received support from GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).
The organization’s president firmly stood behind Ocean’s decision to come out.
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said, “Frank Ocean’s bravery will no doubt help countless young people, who might still be struggling with their identities, realize that it’s ok to be who you are.” (GLAAD)
GLAAD also issued a separate statement fully backing the popular singer.
“GLAAD echoes the LGBT community and our allies in the music industry in applauding Frank Ocean for his courage,” said Daryl Hannah, GLAAD’s Director of Media and Community Partnerships, in a statement sent to XXLMag.com. “His story reminds us all that love is love and is inspiring an important conversation about acceptance and unity.” (XXL Mag)
Yesterday, Odd Future leader Tyler, the Creator and countless other high-profile celebrities applauded Ocean’s move.
“F*cking Finally Sus Boy @frank_ocean Hahahaha, You Still Aint Got No B*tches Hahaha My N*gga Dawg,” he tweeted July 4th.
“My Big Brother Finally F*cking Did That. Proud Of That N*gga Cause I Know That Sh*t Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. Im A Toilet.” (Tyler, the Creator’s Twitter)
His open letter began to circulate online early Wednesday (July 4) morning.
“Whoever you are, wherever you are.. I’m starting to think we’re a lot alike,” writes Ocean in the letter. “Human beings spinning on blackness. All wanting to be seen, touched, heard, paid attention to.” “We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide,” he wrote of a romance he shared with another man. “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.” (Frank Ocean’s Tumblr)
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