The Decline of Homophobia in Hip-Hop
Note from GLAAD
GLAAD pitched and placed this article with Frequency Magazine.
As time moves on, as does the music industry. The idea that the 2001 Grammy performance of then-contentious lyricist Eminem alongside openly-gay music legend Elton John was once considered controversial almost seems archaic. In hip-hop, a culture entrenched with over-sexualized messages written to reinforce the male-ego, there was a time when being so much as associated with the homosexual community was considered career suicide. Now it seems time has helped guide rap music and the homosexual community into a relationship of mutual respect, connectivity and acceptance-at least at a quick glance.