Pop icon and “ArchAndroid” Janelle Monáe covers Britain’s Diva magazine this month, and she looks shaaaarp sporting her signature angular hair and a tux! Monáe’s got her new album The Electric Lady to promote, but she took time during her Diva interview to comment on how she feels about "affiliating" with a queer label.
Diva mentions that Monáe recently mentioned “queer communities” in a Billboard interview and asks, “Would you define yourself as queer?”
Here’s how Monáe answers:
“I think we are all… um… part of each other and when someone from the queer community is discriminated against, or not treated like a human being, it bothers me. As a woman, a black woman, there are parallels to that. I mean, my community, being an African-American, we’ve had to deal with slavery, Jim Crow laws – my ancestors dealt with that. So I connect all the dots, between the ex-communicated, the untouchables, the immigrants and the negroids. As different as we may look or feel, we are all connected. So I guess that we do feel connected to the queer community, and as an artist I should speak out against things that are evil. To me, treating someone as if they are less than you is an evil act. It’s my job to use my platform to speak out against it.”
Here’s Monáe rocking her look.