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Wainwright to 50 Cent: Come Out, We’ll Have Dinner

Brilliant singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright has a crush on 50 Cent.

In the May issue of Details, Wainwright calls the rapper “sexy,” and invited him to dinner with him and his boyfriend.

More importantly, Wainwright encourages closeted musicians to come out:

“I don’t have the energy or the emotional repression to bottle that stuff up. It’s true, it’s tougher careerwise if you come out, but this is a human-rights issue, and it’s important to keep putting dents in it. It’s about two teenagers being beheaded for holding hands in Saudi Arabia. It’s bigger than someone’s music career.”

Though I’ve always loved his music (I’ll include one of his videos in this post), I admire the fact that Wainwright has used his celebrity to celebrate gay rights. In reality, it’s easy to come out; it’s the repeated acknowledgement of your identity that’s a challenge. When you’re comfortable in your own skin, realized prejudice and discrimination is the province of others, the importance of advocating for gay rights becomes larger than the individualism so pervasive in our American mindset.

How’s that for a little morning rant?

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Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a Manhattan-based writer and non-profit manager. More

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