Celebrities Coming Out 2013 [UPDATE]: DJ Mister Cee Comes Out On Radio, Why Lance Bass Refuses To Out Closeted Stars
By Staff Writer | September 24, 2013 02:00 PM EDT
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Calvin LeBrun, also known as Mister Cee, recently took to New York City radio station Hot 97 to admit to having sexual relations with transgendered individuals and "gender non-conforming people."
As a figure in the hip-hop community, the coming out decision wasn't easy, but Mister Cee's resignation was declined by the station.
"The decision that I have made to open up about my sexuality has defintely been the most difficult thing that I've ever had to do in my life," said Mister Cee in a PSA according to Color Lines. "For me, I felt worried about how my family would be affected, how my coworkers and my friends, and even my fans would be affected by this decision because in this hip-hop community of ours it's not cool to be gay, it's not cool to be bisexual."
"I felt that if I was to actually be honest with myself that nobody would want to deal with me anymore. But the more that I kept lying and trying to deceive you and myself, the more I was closed in and not really being who I really am."
But after coming out, Mister Cee has received praise and support from various outlets.
"I think it's a power move for a big hip-hop station to accept and to even just talk about [sexuality]," says Vice editor Clover Hope.
"People are always afraid of backlash, of being blacklisted, but the more people see examples of people who have come out and are still working, people like Frank Ocean, the more hip-hop will open up."
But despite celebrities coming out in 2013, Lance Bass proclaims he still knows tons of stars who refuse to come out of the closet.
"I know tons of celebrities that are in the closet right now. But it's up to them to decide if they want to come out or not. And I will support any decision they make," says Bass according to The Huffington Post.
"We're in 2013. I think it's very uncool to be in the closet nowadays. You'll only hurt your heart and, down the line, probably your family. They need to know the truth about what you like and what you want in life."
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