Queen Latifah says she wasn’t coming out with her Long Beach Gay Pride performance

Posted: June 3, 2012 at 5:11 am

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Queen Latifah wants to be clear: Despite speculation online, her performance at Long Beachs Lesbian & Gay Pride event on May 19 was not a signal that she was coming out as a lesbian. That definitely wasnt the case, she tells EW. Ive never dealt with the question of my personal life in public. Its just not gonna happen.

That said, the 42-year old was thrilled to participate in the event and even recalled an earlier performance for gay audiences. To me, doing a gay pride show is one of the most fun things, she says. My first show that paid more than $10,000 was in a gay club on New Years Eve in San Francisco. Tupac happened to be in town, so he came to kick it with me. This was the early 90s. And the boys were like, Take your shirt off, Tupac! He wasnt doing that. But we had a blast in there.

Latifah whos starring in an upcoming remake of Steel Magnolias for Lifetime also reiterated her support for her gay fans. I know that the most important thing and the only thing I have to give is love. When people are going through hatred and bullying, the biggest thing to fight that is love, she says. So thats all I encouraged my audience to do that night: to share their light and share their love. Period. (Reporting by Melissa Maerz)

Check out next weeks issue of EW to see a first look of Queen Latifah in Magnolias.

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June 3rd, 2012 at 5:11 am