It is a glorious day to be LGBTQIA+ as Jannelle Monáe releases her album Dirty Computer after she came out as queer yesterday.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, she said that she dedicates her new album to LGBT+ people.
“I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracised or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” she said.
“This album is for you. Be proud.”
In the interview she also opened up about her sexuality:
“Janelle Monáe is not, she finally admits, the immaculate android, the “alien from outer space/The cybergirl without a face” she’s claimed to be over a decade’s worth of albums, videos, concerts and even interviews—she is, instead, a flawed, messy, flesh-and-blood 32-year-old human being,” the article writes.
There have been many articles written saying she came out as pansexual after she mentioned that she has previously identified as bisexual “but then later I read about pansexuality and was like: ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’ I’m open to learning more about who I am.”
Although she mentions exploring bisexuality and pansexuality, she only mentions them in terms of exploring her identity.
She does, however, adopt the term queer when describing herself saying: “Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherfucker.”
Accompanying this album is a 45-minute ’emotion picture’ also entitled Dirty Computer.
“Dirty Computer is a near-future story that takes place in a totalitarian society,” she told Rolling Stone. “I play a citizen, living life, finding love, being myself in a society where that makes me an outlaw, something ‘dirty’ that the society needs to get rid of. I think it speaks to where we are right now, and what we’ve gone through recently as black millennials, and as women, and as Americans.”
Enough talking about it, more listening and watching!
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