Janelle Monáe’s “Dirty Computer” album was celebrated for its exploration of sexuality and the singer and actress has been praised for empowering queer black women. But Monáe told Variety that before she publicly came out in 2018, many people warned her against it.
“My goal has never been to fit into any type of category,”Monáe explained at the Fem Future Brunch with Instagram at Ysabel in West Hollywood.
“When you color outside the lines, and then you say, ‘Hey, also, I’m a queer black woman,’ some people can be a little afraid of that, and what that means and how do you market that and all those things. But it wasn’t about that to me. [It’s about] walking in your truth.”