It's easy to talk about hip-hop as if it were more homophobic than other genres of music. Nonetheless, many rappers feel that artists working in their genre are lagging behind the times when it comes to LGBT issues.
Many rappers have certainly expressed their support for the queer comunity, and Kid Cudi is the latest to take a strong stance against homophobia in hip-hop in a series of tweets sent out yesterday.
As a reaction to this past weekend's massacre in Orlando, the Grammy-Award winning rapper issued a righteous screed on social media:
At least one other high-profile rapper was vocally supportive of the pro-gay sentiments:
As per usual with these conversations, woefully ignored by many of these artists is the presence of actual queer voices in the hip-hop world. As openly queer rappers gain prominence in the underground and struggle for bigger exposure, mainstream artists continue to espouse pro-gay beliefs without actually reaching out to LGBT people working in the genre, who are often ahead of the curve and can usually best the bigger stars at their own game.
That being said: more allies are needed, especially at this time. Kid Cudi, I offer you this gif: