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Frank Ocean Wrote a Beautiful, Sad Post About Orlando, God and LGBTQ Discrimination

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Frank Ocean’s Tumblr writing has been as compelling as his music, somber and crisp meditations on his life and loves, and the place where, years ago, he came out as having once been in love with a man.


On Tuesday, Ocean published an equally lyrical, earnest post for the victims of Orlando, which covers homophobia, transphobia and discrimination from a personal perspective. (He remembers, for example, his father saying hateful things at a restaurant to a server who was trans.) But he’s also hopeful, as sweet and sanguine as he often is:

I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in this world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here. Reality by comparison looks grey, as in neither black nor white but also bleak. We are all God’s children, I heard. I left my siblings out of it and spoke with my maker directly and I think he sounds a lot like myself.


Read the full, excellent piece on his Tumblr. Now is probably not the appropriate time to ask, but journalism is a service job and I must do the bidding of you, the people: We love you, Frank, but where’s the album?

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So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?

This is heartbreaking.

But Frank Ocean seems lovely, and his music is wonderful, so the last question is perfect.