Boy George has now taken to Twitter to express his support, writing:
If you are gay, black & gay or just cool you should buy Frank Ocean's album and show him that he did not elevate in vain!! I will!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) July 4, 2012
Meanwhile, hip hop mogul Russell Simmons explained via Global Grind that “Today is a big day for hip-hop.” He added:
I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear… His gifts are undeniable. His talent, enormous. His bravery, incredible. His actions this morning will uplift our consciousness and allow us to become better people.
On Ocean’s own Tumblr post, he began saying that he had originally planned to publish the open letter in the liner notes for his forthcoming new album ‘Channel Orange’, but had decided to go public with it now to address speculation. He prefaced his statement saying he hopes that “the babies born these days will inherit less of the bullshit than we did”.
He wrote: “4 summers ago, I met somebody. I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer, and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realised I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating to the women I had been with, the ones I cared for and thought I was in love with.”
Odd Future’s Tyler, The Creator, who has himself been accused of homophobia, took to his Twitter feed in solidarity with his friend, saying: “My Big Brother Finally Fucking Did That. Proud Of That Nigga Cause I Know That Shit Is Difficult Or Whatever. Anyway. I’m A Toilet.”