“I heard on the news that the aftermath of a hate crime left piles of bodies on a dance floor this month,” the R&B-rapper wrote. “I heard the gunman feigned dead among all the people he killed. I heard the news say he was one of us.”
He recalled a story about being served by a transgender waitress with his father when he was 6 years old, and how his father called her a slur.
“Many hate us and wish we didn’t exist,” he continued. “Many are annoyed by our wanting to be married like everyone else or use the correct restroom like everyone else. Many don’t see anything wrong with passing down the same old values that send thousands of kids into suicidal depression each year.”
Ocean also wrote of LGBT pride and possibilities for the future: “I daydream on the idea that maybe all this barbarism and all these transgressions against ourselves is an equal and opposite reaction to something better happening in this world, some great swelling wave of openness and wakefulness out here.”
The Channel Orange star came out about his own sexuality in a Tumblr post back in 2012, which ended with the lines, “I feel like a free man.”
See Ocean’s full note below via his Tumblr.