Frank Ocean: ‘Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist’

Bisexual hip hop singer Frank Ocean penned an ode on Tumblr yesterday that tackles the attack on a gay nightclub in Orlando and the underpinning cause of violence against LGBT people.

“I read in the paper that my brothers are being thrown from rooftops blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs for violating sharia law. I heard the crowds stone these fallen men if they move after they hit the ground. I heard it’s in the name of God. I heard my pastor speak for God too, quoting scripture from his book. Words like abomination popped off my skin like hot grease as he went on to describe a lake of fire that God wanted me in,” Ocean wrote.

“I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t. Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist. Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year.

“I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in this world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here. Reality by comparison looks grey, as in neither black nor white but also bleak. We are all God’s children, I heard,” Ocean continued. “Do the indoctrinated hear another voice entirely?”

Ocean came out in 2012 in a letter posted on the site. As rumors swirled shortly before the release of his debut solo album, Ocean decided to post the story of the first time he fell in love with a man on the social media site after a blogger in the UK threatened to out him. The letter was originally supposed to be published in the liner notes of the album.

Read the entire posting on page two.

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