On the heels of a public
declaration that rocked the hip hop community last week, veteran DJ
Mr. Cee - a staple hip hop radio personality for over 20 years who has
impacted the careers of such hip hop legends at Notorious B.I.G. and NAS
- partnered with AIDS
Healthcare Foundation (AHF) for a PSA
on fighting the long-standing stigma of alternative sexual preferences
in the hip hop world and speaking openly about sexual health.
"With the grace of family and good friends around me, they made me feel
comfortable to exercise my human right for sexual freedom instead of
finding myself being self-detained by the discrimination, judgment,
criticism, and even violence from my own community," Mr. Cee, born
Calvin LeBrun, said in the video.
In the PSA, which dropped today, Cee calls last week's declaration "the
most difficult thing I have ever done in my life," but that it was time
in both his personal and professional life to be honest about his sexual
identity. He said everyone should be proud and honest about who they
truly are - citing shocking statistics of HIV and STD rates among youth,
black, and Latino populations that arise from deception - and declared
the new sexual revolution to be one of both freedom of self and sexual
health as a birthright, mirroring AHF's new Sexual
Revolution 2.0 campaign. He also directed viewers to seek STD
testing and treatment through the Foundation's freestdcheck.org
to Cee's declaration about receiving fellatio from trans women
involved a bust by a male undercover police officer dressed as a
transsexual prostitute, followed by a former sexual partner's releasing
an audio recording of the DJ soliciting a transgender woman for oral
sex. Cee initially quit his job at HOT 97, but was encouraged to return
by station program director Ebro Darden, to whom Cee emotionally opened
up on air about his sexual identity last week.
The declaration lit up the Twittersphere over the weekend, and where
some showed homophobic anger or blasé indifference, there was also a
multitude of supportive Tweets indicating a preliminary shift in the
previously unquestioned homophobic mentality permeating hip hop fans.
"I grew up listening to Mr. Cee. He is a legend. Doesn't surprise me
that the community is shaming him but I hope this reveals their
prejudice," and, "Big ups to Mr. Cee. We're with you man. Stay Strong,"
two posters declared on Friday.
"I opened up to y'all today, I gave you all of me," Cee said in the PSA.
"Now I want you to give all of yourself: Are you good? Are you healthy?
Are you free? I can tell you today, that today I'm free."
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS
healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care
and/or services to over 230,000 individuals in 31 countries worldwide in
the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. For
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