Last weekend, rapper Lil B announced at Coachella that he’d be naming his upcoming album "I’m Gay." "I'm gonna do the most controversial thing in hip-hop," said Lil B, who is straight. "I'mma make an album called 'I'm Gay,' right."
"Now I'mma tell you why I'm the first person to do it in hip-hop and why you're the first people to know my reasons," the rapper explained. "Now I like women, I love women, you feel me. But within yourselves, no matter what you do, it doesn't matter, it's like live life. You've only got one life to live. Be happy."
In response, GLAAD issued a statement to hip-hop news and entertainment source, XXLmag.com saying, “As a lyricist, Lil B knows that words matter. Slurs have the power to fuel intolerance. We hope that Lil B’s album title is not just a gimmick, and is really a sincere attempt to be an ally. He has the platform and the voice. We hope he uses it in a positive way.”
In a recent interview with MTV News, Lil B responded to GLAAD saying, “I got major love for the gay and lesbian community and I just want to push less separation and that’s why I’m doing it. I hope GLAAD sees that I’m taking initial steps to break barriers.”
GLAAD thanks Lil B for his response and commends him for taking steps to promote acceptance.