WATCH: Mister Cee Discusses Coming Out, Staying Safe
By Andrew Belonsky
Mister Cee, the Hot 97 DJ and the hip-hop community staple who came out last week, has gone straight from the closet to the spotlight for a new AIDS Healthcare Foundation PSA.
"The decision I've made this week to open up about my sexuality has definitely been the most difficult thing that I've ever had to do in my life. But I felt like this was the time to do it personally and professionally," he said in the video, which is part personal confessional and part call to action. "I got tired of lying and hiding," he says before telling the viewer, "you don't have to lie and hide no more about your sexual freedom."
But with great freedoms come responsibilities, he says, before listing some startling STD stats about people of color and urging men and women, gay and straight, and everyone in-between to "The next sexual revolution is beginning right now. It is the battle for sexual health. We all have a right to a sexual life that is free of shame and disease." To get tested is a revolutionary act, he says. "Are you revolutionary?"
It's an honest and persuasive case from a well-known and well-respected hip-hop icon, and hopefully one that will be heard.