There was a time in the '90s where, as an African-American man, you had to be a misogynistic R&B star or a rapper, and I didn't fit into either one of those. I was advised by my label to remain closeted at that time.
I do 'sissy with a heart of gold' really well.
When I was younger, I did what I now call 'extreme singing.' I could do this thing where I would sing really high. I can't really do that anymore, at my age. My voice has shifted. It's changed.
I always said if I played a drag queen, I'd want to create a template with the realness they talk about in 'Paris Is Burning.'
My truth is I am gay and out, and if I can't do that in my music, then I don't need it. Fortunately, I do feel like there is a movement against homophobia, and I hope to be part of that.
I'm trying to embrace social media because it gives artists a little more power than we've had in the past.