I caught the end of "All Eyes on Kanye West" on MTV2 the other night. In it he talks about how he used to be homophobic until one of his cousins came out to the family. Kanye realized that he had a choice to remain homophobic or to accept his cousin, whom he loves, as he is. That was a big turning point for him, and he talked about how his cousin now brings his partner to family gatherings. Kanye talked about the rampant homophobia in the hip hop community, and called on the hip hop community to change their ways. He said that homophobia is discrimination, and that it's wrong.
To have such a well respected rapper/producer as Kanye West speak out against homophobia is a big deal! I thought of all the kids I used to teach sex ed to, and how Kanye's words could really have an impact on them.
Plus he talked about using Fiona Apple's producer on his new album, and about how much he likes Portishead, so I am intrigued!