Five Straight Rappers Who Support LGBT Rights

As we're sure you're aware, the U.S. Supreme Court is again hearing arguments today about what to do with the issue of same-sex marriage. If the inundation of red profile pics on Twitter and Facebook is any indication, the growing social tide is on the side of the gay folk. Yet another sign that the homophobes and bigots are on the wrong side of history is the fact that even rappers and the hip-hop community are speaking out in growing numbers in favor of equality, despite the genre's history of homophobia. Here are five straight rappers who openly support LGBT rights.

A$AP Rocky

A$AP Rocky first spoke out on the subject of gay rights in 2011: “That shit is ignorant,” he said. “You will lose a lot of time and friendship being homophobic. That's being racist but in a sexual way. It's like being sexually racist.” Then this month, he graced the cover of Interview magazine and, inside, expressed disbelief that gay rights was still something to even be debated. “One big issue in hip-hop is the gay thing,” he said. “It's 2013, and it's a shame that, to this day, that topic still gets people all excited. It's crazy. And it makes me upset that this topic even matters when it comes to hip-hop, because it makes it seem like everybody in hip-hop is small-minded or stupid — and that's not the case.” Clearly not, sir. We salute you.

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