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Queen Latifah Headlines Long Beach Pride. Is The Hip-Hop Royal (Finally) Coming Out?

Rapper/actress (raptress?) Queen Latifah is going where only Cyndi Lauper and Kristine W have gone before: She’s headlining her her first gay Pride event this month, in Long Beach, California.

Latifah will take the stage at the 20th annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival on May 19, the first time she’s performed at a queer event. (Though our spies did catch her at Splash in New York once.)

“Queen Latifah is the voice of our generation and her concert here will be phenomenal,” says Long Beach Pride Festival co-President Pat Crosby. “For her to make her worldwide Pride debut here in Long Beach is a tremendous testament to the popularity of our celebration and the strength of our community.”

Is this Latifah’s way of testing the waters for a bigger announcement? Or is she going to be one of those stars who hides in increasing plain view?

You know who else is performing at Long Beach Pride? Drag Race veteran Ongina and the Village People. We’re just sayin’.