Frank Ocean has written a personal and poetic response to this month’s homophobically-motivated Orlando shootings and the ongoing controversy over North Carolina’s so-called “bathroom bill”.
In a clearly heartfelt message posted on his Tumblr, Ocean discusses the need for LGBT pride in the face of continued prejudice.
“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,” he writes. “Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year. So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?”
“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,” he adds.
In the message, Ocean also recalls witnessing his father behave transphobically as a child. “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,” he writes. “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.”
Read the full message on Frank Ocean’s Tumblr.