LBT News Bites: Jay-Z's Mom Comes Out, Bi Women Book Features & More!

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By Joella Marano (Jay-Z and his Mother Gloria Carter) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

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Jay-Z’s Mom Comes Out on His New Album ‘4:44’

(SFGN) Jay-Z’s new album, “4:44” debuted Friday on Tidal, his music streaming platform. The third track, “Smile” features the rapper’s mother, Gloria Carter, coming out as a lesbian. 

On the track, Jay-Z whose real name is Shawn Carter, raps:

Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian / Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take / Cried tears of joy when you fell in love / Doesn’t matter if it’s a him or her / I just wanna see you smile through all the hate. 

Later, Gloria is featured reciting:

Living in the shadow / Can you imagine what kind of life it is to live? / In the shadows people see you as happy and free / Because that’s what you want them to see/ Living two lives, happy, but not free / You live in the shadows for fear of someone hurting your family or the person you love…

The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free / But you live with the fear of just being me / Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be…

But life is short, and it’s time to be free / Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed / Smile.

Although Jay-Z has spoken publically about his feelings in favor of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ equality in previous interviews, the song is the first that either of them has publicly spoken about Gloria’s sexual orientation. 


8 Books That Feature Bisexual Women as More than Sex Objects

(SFGN) AutoStraddle, recently published a list of books of varying genres featuring female characters who are expressly bisexual, without being overly sexualized. The list includes:

For Sizakele” features Taylor, a bisexual Nigerian college student studying in the US, Taylor’s relationship with her girlfriend, African American basketball star and piano player Lee, and the complications with the introduction of Cameroonian photographer, Sy.

Vow of Celibacy” protagonist Natalie swears off sex after a series of bad dates and worse relationships while working out her body image issues and career as a fashion stylist.

Corona” is a series of short stories about one character, Pakistani American Razia Mirza from Corona Queens in New York.

The Life and Death of Sophie Stark” is never told through her own words. The novel uses the people in Sophie’s life, an ex girlfriend, her brother, her husband, etc, to paint the portrait of the woman.

Black Girl in Paris” follows 26-year-old Eden, an aspiring writer from Alabama who, after college, travels to Europe for inspiration, and dabbling in petty theft and nude modeling as she makes her way.

Silver Moon” introduces Becca Thornton, a middle aged divorcee who comes out as bisexual after crushing on her next door neighbor. When she finds out she’s also a werewolf, and not the only one, she joins a local pack.

Give It To Me” features 43-year-old Chicana, Palma Piedras, recently divorced, reconnecting with her younger cousin, and travelling the US searching for herself in different partners.

Hild” an epic historical novel set in 17th century Britain is the fictionalized account of the Saint Hilda of Whitby. The book focuses on Hild’s pagan childhood and the political ambitions of her mother and is said to be the first of a trilogy.

List from Casey Stepaniuk, or “Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian” a writer and Library Sciences student in Vancouver.


Pentagon Delays Decision on Transgender Recruits

(CNN) The Pentagon is delaying a decision on allowing transgender people to enlist in the military for six months, according to a memo obtained by CNN.

"We will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis wrote in the memo.

Mattis said "this action in no way presupposes the outcome of the review."

In 2016, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the military, but he said the process would occur in stages.

Mattis was facing a July 1 deadline for deciding on transgender recruits.

Last week, leaders from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps submitted a request to delay the July 1 deadline to decide whether incoming service members already identifying as transgender could enlist if they have been "stable" in their gender identity for 18 months.

Many Republicans in Congress are opposed to allowing transgender people to serve. An amendment that would have prevented transgender people from doing so was debated during Wednesday's markup of the House's defense authorization bill. The sponsor, Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, said she would wait to see what the Pentagon did before moving forward with her provision

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