After coming out last week in a beautifully penned blog post, R&B singer Frank Ocean received an outpouring of support from friends, collaborators and admirers like Tyler the Creator, Trina and lesbian country singer Chely Wright.
Over the weekend Beyoncé joined that list when she posted a poem superimposed over a photo of Ocean on her website.
The text reads:
"Be fearless. Be honest. Be generous. Be brave. Be poetic. Be open. Be free. Be yourself. Be in love. Be happy. Be inspiration."
Ocean penned the song "I Miss You" from Beyoncé's latest album, "4," which was released last year. The lyrics to the song read, in part, "It don't matter who you are / It is so simple / A feeling / But it's everything / No matter who you love..." and seem worthy of a new interpretation in light of his recent revelation.
This isn't the first time that Beyoncé has spoken out in support of the LGBT community. In an interview with PrideSource.com she noted:
"If anyone is brave and true to themselves, it's my gay fans. The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different -- to be brave and be different and to be yourself - is just so beautiful. It's the most beautiful thing you can be, and it's what we all want to be at the end of the day. And not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you're supposed to be, that's like the ultimate dream - to just be that brave."
The past two weeks has seen several high profile individuals open up about their sexuality including Anderson Cooper and pop singer Diana King, all of whom have taken a decidedly more low key approach to coming out -- via email or Facebook or a blog rather than the cover of a magazine or a press conference -- than we've seen in recent years.
Below see a slideshow of other celebrities who have come out:
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