Queen Latifah recently spoke about how difficult she thinks it is to come out these days. She touched on this while discussing her role in the biopic on legendary bisexual blues singer Bessie Smith.
When speaking about her in particular, Latifah said: “I think she was probably more open then than people are now.”
She went on to say: “It was a different era, but people weren’t as politically correct as they are now.”
However, Latifah seems to think that while people claim to be more open minded, they aren’t. According to her, they’re still as bigoted as they were then, they just “hide” it better.
“They can be just as racist, sexist and classist [sic] now as then but they just won’t say it in the same way now. They’ll kind of hide it.”
When speaking specifically on why she took the role of Bessie, Latifah said: “I’ve kind of been through some of the things that Bessie has been through. I’ve lived a little bit of her and I can speak from a more authentic place.”
Also, she also previously shown her support for the LGBT community when talking on her role in the film, saying: “People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love. We haven’t moved as quickly as we probably should. The reality is that there’s always been gay people in the black community, so it’s not foreign to us.
“And not just as a black community but just a society as a whole. Who you choose to marry is really up to you and it’s not something you should be judged on. I don’t find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw. Couples should be protected under the laws of this country period. It actually angers me. It’s not unusual so let’s be adults and let’s move forward.”