Cleo…excuse me Queen Latifah is starring as bi-sexual Blues singer Bessie Smith along with Mo'Nique in an upcoming biopic on HBO. The film glorifies marriage equality amongst gays.
Latifah tells Uptown Mag,
“I’m not really sure how people will feel about [Bessie’s bisexuality]. It’s not like it’s a secret with her story. She was just free.”
“People’s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love.”
“We haven’t moved as quickly as we probably should. And 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.”