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Janelle Monáe For Them Magazine With A Conversation With Lizzo On Loving And Living Out Loud

-Them, Condé Nast’s LGBTQ+ brand unveiled its first magazine covered by Janelle Monáe.

-On any words for those who are struggling with their sexuality or coming out?:
“Don’t allow yourself to feel any pressure other than the pressure you put on you. And I think there’s so much power in not labeling yourself. That said, there’s also power in saying “This is how I identify,” and having community with the folks you identify with. Everyone is on a journey of self-discovery, and those of us who may not understand others’ journeys should be more empathetic and tolerant and supportive. A big thing for me is just being patient with myself, and not allowing myself to make decisions based in fear, or a fear of people not understanding me. And it’s hard. You go through experiences where you feel fearful, and you end up being depressed, or having anxiety, and not taking care of you. But that fear should not get in the way of how you love or who you love.”

-About the state of queer acceptance in 2019?:
“To be young, queer, and black in America means that you can be misunderstood. You can be hated. It also means that you can be celebrated and loved. And I think there’s a lot at stake when you’re living out loud in that way. One thing I’ve realized even more was that when you walk in your truth, you can inspire and encourage people to walk in theirs.”

-Lizzo says that representation is so important and wants to see more drag queens at the Oscars, and one actually host them:
“I think the entertainment industry has not caught up. We’re making some waves, but we can do better. And again, it’s about normalizing and telling more stories, and inviting more LGBTQIA+ folks into the conversation on the front end, and giving us a seat at the table early on. Because we can’t afford to see things in a binary way. That’s not how the world works.”

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Tags: black celebrities, janelle monáe, lgbtq / rights, magazine covers and articles
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