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Kid Cudi Plans to Change the Way Hip-Hop Views the LGBT Community

In a genre where bragging about your masculinity is a considerable requirement, hip-hop has often used words like “fag” or simply “gay” to describe a lack of manhood or weakness. However, in the wake of Sunday’s massacre in Orlando, Kid Cudi vows to change the hip-hop communities homophobic views and attitudes.

Cudi took to Twitter after hearing that a gunman opened fire at Pulse, a club i nOrlando, in what is being called the ‘worst of its kind’ leaving at least 49 dead and 53 others injured.

Another possible attack was intercepted in Los Angeles this weekend, a man was arrested for having guns and explosives on his person while on the way to LA Pride festivities.

Although admitting “I wish there was more I could do than tweet, build awareness and donate money. That’s not enough. Not for me.” Cudi is picking up a conversation that was started nearly 10 years ago, when Kanye West called for a ban on the word “fag”.

Other hip-hop artist including, Nicki Minaj, Lil B, A$AP Rocky, and Jay Z have all been longtime public supporters of gay rights. Perhaps Cudi will bring a few more like Ty Dollar $ign who echoed Cudi’s tweets.

https://twitter.com/tydollasign/status/742099362860371972?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

https://twitter.com/tydollasign/status/742105552839413760?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

With hip-hop forever changing it is possible that we will see a change in homophobic attitudes in the genre. We can only hope others will follow the footsteps of Kid Cudi in raising awareness and putting the issue front and centre.

Image: Billboard