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

Staff Reports

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.

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

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