Frank Ocean Inscribes Personal Testimony on Orlando Tragedy

"Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist."

Frank Ocean is mourning the incredibly heinous acts of violence towards the LGBTQ community in an emotional blog post, reflecting on his personal experience with intolerant father.

The R&B artist broke his silence on the Orlando Shooting tragedy that took place on the night of June 12th. Ocean took to his personal Tumblr to respond to the horrific act of hate, stating:

Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year. So we say pride and we express love for who and what we are. Because who else will in earnest?”

This is not the first time that Ocean used Tumblr as an outlet to speak out on personal issues. On July 4, 2012, the “Thinkin ‘Bout You” singer published an open letter via Tumblr, recalling strong feelings he had for another man when he was 19 years old, citing it as his first true love. This was said to be a major leap for the hip-hop community, as Ocean received incredibly positive feedback from Jay-Z and Tyler, The Creator.

Nearly four years later, Ocean recalls his personal experience with discrimination, mentioning his own fathers disapproval for the LGBTQ community.

“I was six years old when I heard my dad call our transgender waitress a faggot as he dragged me out a neighborhood diner saying we wouldn’t be served because she was dirty. That was the last afternoon I saw my father and the first time I heard that word, I think, although it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t.”

Ocean is just one of several hundreds of public figures using their social media platforms to speak out on the horrible tragedy.

See the full note here.