Great Moments in Black LGBT History

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  • Jason Collins
  • Sylvester James, Jr./RuPaul
  • Meshell Ndegeochello
  • James Baldwin
  • Don Lemon
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Audre Lorde/Angela Davis
  • Frank Ocean
  • Rave Symoné
  • Claude McKay/Langston Hughes/Bessie Smith/Wallace Thurman
  • Dorian Corey/Pepper Labieja
  • Frank Ocean, Raven-Symoné

Meshell Ndegeocello Shakes Up Hip Hop

Years before it became trendy, neo-soul founding member and singer-songwriter Meshell Ndegeocello came out as bisexual, and even had a relationship with feminist author Rebecca Walker. While Frank Ocean is considered the first male in R&B/hip hop to “come out” to the public, Ndegeochello is dubbed as the first ever. However, while she stands in solidarity for LGBT rights, she prefers to focus most exclusively on her music. This decision did not mean that the artist had abandoned her LGBT-connection; Her debut album Plantation Lullabies provided a noticeably androgynous persona that the world was not used to seeing from females in hip hop.

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