Queen Latifah to Headline Long Beach Pride 2012

Long Beach Gay & Lesbian Pride Festival just announced that Queen Latifah has signed on to be their headliner.  She’ll be performing on their mainstage Saturday, May 19th, 2012 and this is kind of a big deal, ya’ll. Queen Latifah has never publicly endorsed/performed at a gay pride event. This is not to say she’s never been to one or participated in gay stuff privately. This is only a note to highlight her first for real homo show. Pat Crosby, Co- President of Long Beach Pride, states:

“…For her to make her worldwide Pride debut here in Long Beach is a tremendous testament to the popularity of our celebration and to the strength of our community.”

I’m kinda wondering why New Jersey pride didn’t scoop the Queen, considering that’s where she’s from, but life isn’t perfect. I’m dealing. Anywhoos, in her own way Queen Latifah has given the gay & lesbian community mega props. The Queen has played a lesbian in a few acting roles — and not just any kind of lesbian, like the super awesome tough kinda lesbian. Her most famous lesbi-part being ‘Cleo’ in Set It Off (1996).

This role keeps the gay rumors about Queen Latifah – government name : Dana Owens – ever circulating. (Cuz obvs only an actual lesbian could play one in the movies, right?) Oh and these adorable pics of her and then alleged girlfriend, aka. personal trainer, Jeanette Jenkins, totally help. I’ve always wondered if Queen Latifah was actually a lesbian and if her and Missy Elliot threw wild lesbian sex parties. (Which could like totally be true. Thanks for fueling my fantasies HuffPo!) But there’s never been any solid evidence to support these daydreams, only out of context quotes from eager bloggers jumping on tidbits of interviews from Sister 2 Sister magazine and gossip from ladies night parties in all major metropolitan areas. Queen Latifah has constantly stated that her private life is just that: private and hers.

Latifah is a Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated, multi-talented powerhouse of awesome, not to mention a Cover Girl and a badass. She doesn’t need to say or be anything other than the person she’s always shared with us. Long Beach Pride 2012 is going to be the shit with her as their headlining act.

Note to the Queen: If you’re reading this, know you’ll always be the reason I learned never to let anyone call me a bitch.

Go to Longbeachpride.com for more information on their pride festivities.

Also, am I the only one who ever really fantasized about those QueenLa/MissyEll lesbo sex parties?? Share thoughts on this. Share stories if you’ve been to one!

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Gabrielle Rivera is an awesomely queer Bronx bred, writer, spoken word artist and director. Her short stories and poems have been published in various anthologies such as the Lambda Award winning Portland Queer: Tales from the Rose City and The Best of Panic! En Vivo from the East Village. Her short film "Spanish Girls are Beautiful" follows a group of young Latina and Caucasian girls who like girls as they hook up, smoke up and try to figure sh*t out. She also freelances for Autostraddle.com while working in the film and television industry. Gabrielle is currently working on her first novel while bouncing around NYC performing spoken word and trying to stick it to the man.

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  1. Get it grrrrrl! This is so fabulous on so many levels. Now if only California werent so damn far away it’d be perfect.

    And about those parties…I’m gonna keep believing those happen…and that my invite got lost in the mail somewhere.

  2. i feel like ppl will yell at me for saying this, but i have 99.9% certainty from several ulta-reliable first-hand sources that… well, you know. anyhow i really hope she comes out, i think she’s boss and i have loved her all my life, even as a 10-year-old when she played at an Earth Day Concert in MA

  3. i know plenty of people who have seen her in and around new york in lesbian clubs and with her girlfriend. in fact, i missed meeting her once when i skipped out going to a lesbian club where she and a bunch of friends were partying (i’ve been kicking myself in the ass since). her sexual orientation is the worst kept secret on planet earth. i’m hearing the “finally” song by cece peniston playing in my head hearing this news. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk8mm1Qmt-Y&feature=related

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