LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:
“We at Conversations With Sissies(CWS) want to show our support and admiration to Hip Hop and R&B heavyweight, Mister Frank Ocean. We are happy that he has found his peace and is as proud and admirable of himself as we are of ourselves and our sexuality. This is one small step for man, but one giant step for the perception of our people as we know it. We look forward to the domino effect he may cause.
With all walls broken, Ocean used his honesty and vulnerability to express genuine love and in very few words he changed the lives of many. By coming out, Frank has supported our cause. He let us into the real him and, although the ignorance and homophobia still exists, we know he has just saved the lives of many others.
Just two years ago I myself was in desperate need of help. I suffered severly from Depression and Anxiety until, sadly, I became suicidal. If it wasn’t for my own strength and perseverance, I, possibly would not have been here today.
Months after my ten day stay at Woodhull Hosptal’s Psychiatric Ward in Brooklyn, a dear friend of mine committed suicide because of the burden placed on young gay black males by mainstream society.
So today, I cry tears of joy and pain because Frank Ocean’s courage is a step in the right direction, not just for him, but for my late friend Joseph Jefferson and every other black/minority male who is affected by the hate we face on a daily basis. Thank you, Frank, for becoming the topic of CONVERSATION… Because of people like us and Joseph, we will continue to fight for SISSIES everywhere!”
Peace & Love,