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Janelle Monáe wore a rainbow dress to the BET Awards, and it was stunning

Josh Jackman June 25, 2018
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24: Janelle Monae attends the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)

Image: Leon Bennett/Getty

Janelle Monáe has made a glorious statement of LGBT visibility at the BET Awards.

There was a time when the “Make Me Feel” singer shied away from bringing up her sexuality – in fact, she only came out as queer two months ago.

But on June 25, Monáe marked Pride Month in the best way possible – that is, by proudly wearing a huge rainbow to a major event.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24:  Janelle Monae attends the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
Monáe stuns the crowd (Leon Bennett/Getty)

The 32-year-old, who also starred in 2016 Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures, swept into the BET Awards in Los Angeles sporting an incredible floor-length display of queer pride.

Her dress was a rainbow, and it was beautiful.

But let’s be clear: Monáe has been providing fans with wonderful displays of LGBT advocacy all year long.

US singer-songwriter Janelle Monae poses upon arrival for the BET Awards at Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on June 24, 2018. (Photo by Lisa O'CONNOR / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LISA O'CONNOR/AFP/Getty Images)
Monáe poses upon arrival for the BET Awards (LISA O’CONNOR/AFP/Getty)

In February, she released a bisexual anthem in the shape of “Make Me Feel” and a feminist track, “Django Jane,” in which she boasts that she “made a fandroid outta yo girlfriend.”

She then made lesbian sex front and centre in “PYNK,” a video which features women touching tongues and Monáe dressed in pussy pants, which Thor: Ragnarok actress and close friend Tessa Thompson emerges from with a wide grin.

In “PYNK,” the two stars gaze at each other seductively over a series of women’s bums, after the singer accepted Thompson’s seductive offering of a lollipop in “Make Me Feel.”

(Janelle Monáe/YouTube)

Monáe then came out in April, telling the world: “Being a queer black woman in America, someone who has been in relationships with both men and women – I consider myself to be a free-ass motherf**ker.”

The singer-songwriter explained that she had identified as bisexual at first, “but then later I read about pansexuality and was like: ‘Oh, these are things that I identify with too.’

“I’m open to learning more about who I am.”

US singer-songwriter Janelle Monae poses upon arrival for the BET Awards at Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles, California, on June 24, 2018. (Photo by Lisa O'CONNOR / AFP)        (Photo credit should read LISA O'CONNOR/AFP/Getty Images)
Monáe came out in April (LISA O’CONNOR/AFP/Getty)

After her debut album The ArchAndroid was released in 2010, she refuted questions about her sexuality, saying: “The lesbian community has tried to claim me, but I only date androids.

“Nothing like an android, they don’t cheat on you.”

She said that at that time, she was insecure about herself.

(Janelle Monáe/YouTube)

“It had to do with the fear of being judged,” she explained.

“All I saw was that I was supposed to look a certain way coming into this industry, and I felt like I [didn’t] look like a stereotypical black female artist.”

WESTWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Tessa Thompson (L) and Janelle Monae attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Annihilation' at Regency Village Theatre on February 13, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
(Emma McIntyre/Getty)

She also revealed that the original title of her hit 2013 song “Q.U.E.E.N.” was “Q.U.E.E.R.” – and that you can still hear “queer” being sung in the background.

The singer added that her new album Dirty Computer – which drops on April 27 – was dedicated to LGBT people.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 24:  Janelle Monae performs onstage at the 2018 BET Awards at Microsoft Theater on June 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET)
Monáe performs at the 2018 BET Awards (Frederick M. Brown/Getty)

“I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracised or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” she said.

“This album is for you. Be proud.”

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