Filmmaker Lee Daniels on growing up gay, why black men ‘can’t come out’


Openly gay filmmaker Lee Daniels, in a recent interview with Larry King, said it is his belief that gay men in the black community “can’t come out.”

Daniels, who directed “The Butler” — the biopic of a White House butler who served eight presidents — also discusses when he first knew he was gay. He said he was only 5-years-old when he knew “something wasn’t right.”

Daniels also discusses being bullied, called names, and beaten by his father.


“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” topped the weekend box office, grossing more than $24 million.

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