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Latrice Royale clarifies controversial gay marriage comments


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It was just a couple of years ago that famous “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Latrice Royale found herself in hot water with the LGBT community when she remarked that she felt that marriage between same-sex couples shouldn’t be called gay marriage. Now, Royale is talking about the backlash she received and clearing up her original message.

For those who don’t remember, back in 2013, Royale, who is also an ordained minister, had this to say about same-sex unions.

“For me, we cannot act like we have not been separate from society this whole entire time,” explained Royale. “It’s a man and a man, and a woman and a woman getting married, and I think it is special and unique. So why not identify and celebrate it as something special and unique, and not lump it in with the same thing that has been going on for years.”

She added, “Am I not going to support gay ‘marriage’ because of the name? Of course not! Of course I am going to support it. I just want to celebrate it in our own way, and call it something different. But, yes I believe we should have all the same benefits, rights and legal things.”

In a new interview with the Huffington Post, Royale discussed the different ideologies and political agendas in the LGBT community and explained how she experienced a backlash for sharing her thoughts.

“I did get a lot of questions and eyebrows raised when I said what I did about the term ‘gay marriage.’ People were kind of like, ‘What does she mean? Does she not support gay marriage?’ I had to be very specific in what I was trying to say, which is that I wholeheartedly believe in gay marriage; I just don’t agree with it being called ‘gay marriage.’ I would prefer it be called something else. That’s all that is! I said what I said, and I stand by it, because I still believe that. I mean, b—-, I’m ordained! Hello, I’m marrying gay folks all the time! Of course I believe in it. It means a lot to me to be able to do that and is really something I stand for. Sometimes you have to open up your mind and think outside the box. I can have those two feelings at the same time, you know?”

Well, we can understand where Royale is coming from. We just hope that same-sex couples are able to share the same marriage rights and privileges as their straight counterparts across the nation.






  1. NATHAN AMAL on April 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Latrice is a little uneducated and a former felon. Throw in some religious kookery, which many blacks fall victim to, and you get this response. It isn’t gay marriage, it is simply marriage.

    • emilio on April 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      omfg sashay away you need to check yourself. how incredibly rude to say those vile things. SHRUG OFF THE NEGATIVITY LATRICE YOU SLAY ALL DAY!

    • Adam on April 22, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      EW, you’re being really gross.

    • DonDoninNC on April 22, 2015 at 5:30 pm

      What does being a former felon have to do with this? As if felons believe same-sex marriage shouldn’t be called marriage and non-felons do.

    • Robert Green on April 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Black Folks-Religious Kookery. Really. It’s not church going black folks that made that pizzeria millionaires based off there hatred for Gays.

  2. Adrian Lehman-Sizemore on April 22, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    actually latrice maintaining two opposing ideas in the same mind is called “cognitive dissonance” the same but different isnt equal and a black drag queen who has been to prison should know and or have experienced the negative effects of the same but different attitudes! i get it but we dont want something different yet the same we want to be equal under the law…

  3. Elliot 'Jelly' Seabright on April 22, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Jesus is a biscuit.