More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Jamaican Reggae-Fusion Singer Diana King Comes Out As a Lesbian
Diana King, the reggae fusion singer-songwriter, came out to her fans today via Facebook with a post entitled “YES!! I AM A LESBIAN.” King is known for singles such as “Shy Guy,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “L-L-Lies” but also for performing on one of The Notorious B.I.G.’s albums and performing on stage with Celine Dion and Brownstone.
In her Facebook note, King spoke about her fear of coming out in Jamaica, but also the importance of being herself. “My biggest regret is that I didn't COME OUT earlier because being silent has held me back from being ALL that I was born to be. The DEEP FEAR that I've had, especially that my own JAMAICAN PEOPLE will judge me and not accept me because of their homophobia has been a heavy burden,” she said. “I fly my country's flag HIGH. Always with respect and honor everywhere I go, there is no doubt where I AM from, especially in my music. And I am nothing but PROUD of myself and my accomplishments, no one can take that away from me.” You can read the entirety of her note here.
Watch Diana King’s recently released video for “CLOSER” below.