Snoop Lion, rap-turned-reggae artist, who has been vocal in supporting gay rights, but who has in the past noted the difficulty faced by a gay rap artist wanting to come out, has said that he thinks “in the near future” it will be much easier.

The 41-year-old star who recently asserted that in the rap music industry, being gay may never be “acceptable” in the way it is for singers, has now changed his tune, saying that people are much more accepting

The reggae artist, formerly known as Snoop Dogg, made the comments in an interview with the Guardian, in which he referred back to an interview in August, when he said the world of Hip Hop was ready to accept a gay artist, following Frank Ocean’s recent announcement that he had been in love with a man.

He recently said he had “gay homies”, and has now gone even further to say that “crossing” of cultures, both musical and political, is now the reason that gay rap and hip-hop stars will soon find it easier to come out.

“In the near future it will happen because everybody is open for everything. It’s so much race relations going on. It’s so much unification going on in music and in life in general. We have people crossing up and becoming a part of each other’s culture,” he said.

Snoop Lion rebranded himself as a reggae artist, which he said he hopes will make him into a musical icon. He recently debuted a song featuring Miley Cyrus, Ashtrays and Heartbreaks, which will feature on his Reincarnated album.

Snoop also confirmed earlier this month that he supports equal marriage, and said that he has “no issues with nobody.

In a recent interview with the Huffington Post Snoop said: ”People can do what they want and as they please.”

Rapper A$AP Rocky also recently spoke out about homosexuality in the music industry, and said that “it’s crazy” that it is still an issue.