Beyonce Covers OUT Magazine, Talks LGBT Equality: 'We Are All The Same'

Beyonce's first cover story since the surprise release of her self-titled fifth studio album last December is in the new issue of OUT Magazine, in which the superstar opens up to the LGBT publication about becoming "the world's most powerful brand," as the May 2014 cover story puts it. In an email interview with OUT editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin, Beyonce discusses the way in which the LGBT community has identified with the lyrics of "Beyonce."

"While I am definitely conscious of all the different types of people who listen to my music, I really set out to make the most personal, honest, and best album I could make," says Bey. "I needed to free myself from the pressures and expectations of what I thought I should say or be, and just speak from the heart. Being that I am a woman in a male-dominated society, the feminist mentality rang true to me and became a way to personalize that struggle… But what I’m really referring to, and hoping for, is human rights and equality, not just that between a woman and a man. So I’m very happy if my words can ever inspire or empower someone who considers themselves an oppressed minority… We are all the same and we all want the same things: the right to be happy, to be just who we want to be and to love who we want to love."

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The cover story also explores Beyonce's entertainment brand, Parkwood Entertainment, and gives Beyonce the opportunity to comment on the unique release of "Beyonce," a visual album that was quietly prepared last year while she was on her Mrs. Carter world tour.

"I was recording, shooting videos, and performing on the tour every night, all at the same time," Beyonce says. "At some point I felt like, 'What am I doing? Is this too ambitious?' Even the day the record was to be released I was scared to death. But I also knew if I was that scared, something big was about to happen."

The full OUT cover story is online here, along with two new remixes of "XO" and "Blow." Along with her hubby Jay Z, Beyonce topped Billboard's most recent Power 100 -- click here to read about how the power couple climbed to the summit of our list.