When you think of gay icons from the fifties, there’s only a couple names that come to mind: Little Richard and Liberace. Well, you can strike Little Richard from the list — he just came out as NOT gay.
The rock legend sat down with 3ABN, a Christian TV and radio network. During his interview, he said he didn’t identify as gay anymore, and wanted to spend his final years living “like Jesus.” He said, “You know, all these things. So much unnatural affection. So much of people just doing everything and don’t think about God. Don’t want no parts of him.”
Little Richard also said:
Regardless of whatever you are, he loves you. I don’t care what you are. He loves you and he can save you. All you’ve got to do is say, ‘Lord, take me as I am. I’m a sinner.’ But we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. The only holy, righteous person is Jesus and he wants us to be just like him because, in order to go to Heaven, we’ve got to look like him. I don’t want to sing rock and roll no more. … I want to be holy like Jesus.
I love gay people. I believe I was the founder of gay. I’m the one who started to be so bold tellin’ the world! You got to remember my dad put me out of the house because of that. I used to take my mother’s curtains and put them on my shoulders. And I used to call myself at the time the Magnificent One. I was wearing makeup and eyelashes when no men were wearing that. I was very beautiful; I had hair hanging everywhere. If you let anybody know you was gay, you was in trouble; so when I came out I didn’t care what nobody thought. A lot of people were scared to be with me.
And in a 2012 GQ interview, he said “We are all both male and female. Sex to me is like a smorgasbord. Whatever I feel like, I go for. What kind of sexual am I? I am omnisexual!”
We wish Little Richard the best, though his desire to go back into the closet makes us immeasurably sad. If you believe in a God, it doesn’t help anyone to think that God doesn’t want you to be who you are. After all, we once heard someone say “God is love.”