The 45-year-old star speaks out on marriage inequality and the sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby

By Michael Miller
April 27, 2015 06:05 PM
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Queen Latifah is speaking out in favor of marriage equality and gay rights in a recent interview with Uptown Magazine.

The 45-year-old actress and former talk show host is starring in HBO s Bessie, a biopic of blues icon Bessie Smith, which delves into the singer’s bisexuality during her heyday in the 1920’s.

“I m not really sure how people will feel about [Bessie s bisexuality]. It s not like it s a secret with her story. She was just free, she tells the magazine in an interview posted online Monday.

“People s ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,” Latifah adds. “We haven t moved as quickly as we probably should. And the reality is that there s always been gay people in the black community, so it s not foreign to us. And not just as a black community but just a society as a whole.

“Who you choose to marry is really up to you and it s not something you should be judged on. I don t find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw. Couples should be protected under the laws of this country period. It actually angers me. It s not unusual so let s be adults and let s move forward.”

Latifah also touches on life after the cancelation of her talk show, The Queen Latifah Show, in late November of last year, saying “obviously it was disappointing,” but that she looks forward to continuing work with her production company, Flavor Unit Entertainment.

She did, however, admit to one regret: not getting the chance to interview Bill Cosby, after the comedian canceled his appearance on her show last October amid allegations that he sexually assaulted multiple women.

“I would ve absolutely had to ask him about it because it just would ve been too big an elephant in the room,” she says of questioning Cosby on the allegations of sexual assault. (Cosby has continually denied the allegations of sexual assault.)

“It s unfortunate because he has done so much in terms of entertainment, culture and black folks. But right is right and wrong is wrong. All these women, all these stories, it s just – what a big stain on such an amazing career.”