Several people have attacked Patti LaBelle for revealing that Luther Vandross was gay. Their reason; he had a right to keep his sexuality a secret? Then why did he tell her? What most people in the community fail to realize is perhaps it’s the “secret” that killed him. How is it determined that he actually even wanted to keep his sexuality a secret by fans instead of his actual friends like LaBelle? Fans knew his music, LaBelle knew HIM. There is a HUGE difference.
Patti is coming from a place of love to let the community know how deep of an issue this is. She didn’t betray Luther she did him and the next generation of black gay or bi entertainers AND the black community a favor. She brought his truth to light because he was unable to do it. His mother is no longer here. The revelation that Vandross didn’t want to disappoint his mother or his fans speaks volumes about his shame, guilt and fears in concert with superstardom. This drives the point home that nobody “chooses” to be gay it chooses them. Anytime someone’s sexuality drives them to destructive behavior it’s not a “choice” it’s a massive conflict.% | % | %