A History of Rappers Standing Up For Gay Rights

Kanye West (August 2005)

During a 2005 interview with Sway, Kanye opened up about how he used to be homophobic but had a change of heart when he learned that a loved one was, in fact, gay:

“I would use the word ‘fag’ and always look down upon gays. But then my cousin told me that another one of my cousins was gay, and I loved him. He's one of my favorite cousins. And at that point it was kind of like a turning point when I was like, ‘Yo, this my cousin, I love him and I been discriminating against gays.'

"Everybody in hip-hop discriminates against gay people. Matter of fact, the exact opposite word of ‘hip-hop,’ I think, is ‘gay.’ Like yo, you play a record and if it's wack, ‘That's gay, dog!’ And I wanna just come on TV and just tell my rappers, just tell my friends, ‘Yo, stop it fam.’"

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