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Her brief speech was met with applause—the same way in which her first songs off Dirty Computer are quickly shifting the conversations we’re having about queer people. Which is not to say she’s fearlessly discussing these things. In an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, she shared that the messages behind her upcoming album aren’t easy to dispel.

“I’m going to be 100 percent honest, I’m scared. I’m actually terrified,” she said. “It’s such an honest body of work and I don’t know how people are going to react to it, Zane. I really, I don’t know. Just the thought of it is kind of freaking me out a little bit, but I feel like it’s something that I need to do. It’s something that I always knew I needed to do and it’s going to happen.”

Monáe’s new music is powerful and inspiring for LGBTQ communities, and it’s refreshing to see someone at such a mainstream level share such stories.

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