Luther Vandross Gay?!!
This is the shock of a life! Ok, I'm gonna be nice since he's in heaven and shit. Anyway, friends of the late singer recently talked about how in the closet Luther was.
Eight months after his death, singer Luther Vandross' friends are helping him out of the closet.
"He was way 'in,'" recalls comic Bruce Vilanch. "He said to me, 'No one knows I'm in the life.' Â He had very few sexual contacts."
"A famously open gay singer-songwriter [told me] Luther was dying to have a boyfriend," columnist Michael Musto recalls in Out magazine.
While some Vandross fans may be appalled by the exposÃ©, Michael Roberson, director of gay group People of Color in Crisis, argues, "Clearly, a lot of black gay performers feel they can't come out. Yet it would be important, particularly to black, gay, young people, to see black gay role models."
Meanwhile, long-closeted crooner Johnny Mathis is speaking frankly about his heartache.
"I've been a romantic all my life, but as for having tangible relationships, I've never had that," he tells Britain's Daily Express. "I get a little alone at times."
Mathis says that after word spread that he was gay, he became a target for homophobic bigots.
"I've had a few death threats from the Southern states," he says. "So 20 years ago, I decided to perform without publicizing the concerts with interviews. I'd had enough exposure and was concerned about what came with it."
This kind of makes me sad. All these men want is love and they can't have it, because they are afraid of public ridicule! It's time to stand up for them! Toothy now is your chance to really make a difference and finally break open that closet door! Yes, you'll be bound to only playing the gay friend and interior decorators, but you will be making a difference!