Monae told Rolling Stone that the answers to the questions around her sexuality were always in her music. She cites “Mushrooms & Roses” and “Q.U.E.E.N” as two songs that portray a woman named Mary as a love interest.
In “Q.U.E.E.N” she sings, “Say is it weird to like the way she wear her tights?/And is it rude to wear my shades?/Am I a freak because I love watching Mary?”
Monae’s hope is that her new album, “Dirty Computer,” which debuts Friday, will inspire those who feel left out for being different.
“I want young girls, young boys, nonbinary, gay, straight, queer people who are having a hard time dealing with their sexuality, dealing with feeling ostracized or bullied for just being their unique selves, to know that I see you,” she said. “This album is for you. Be proud.”