Lizzo on Her Gender & Sexual Identity: 'I Personally Don't Ascribe to Just One Thing'
While rapper Lizzo might seem like she's officially blown up, it’s clear that she’s only getting started. After the mainstream success of her self-love bop “Good as Hell,” the star is set for glory as she preps her next album, which she told Teen Vogue could be the biggest moment of her career.
“I know this is a really important time for me,” she said. “I have a lot of eyes on me finally, and I’m in this place where this next album could potentially be something that goes really, really big”
Along with teasing her unannounced-but-still-impending album, Lizzo opened up about her own personal sexuality and gender identity. The rapper has been playing Pride festivals around the country this season, and she revealed that playing those festivals is about more than being a positive ally for the LGBTQ community.
“When it comes to sexuality or gender, I personally don’t ascribe to just one thing. I cannot sit here right now and tell you I’m just one thing,” she said. “That’s why the colors for LGBTQ+ are a rainbow! Because there’s a spectrum, and right now we try to keep it black and white. That’s just not working for me.”
Lizzo went on to say that her music is meant to be enjoyed by those who have felt disenfranchised by society, because that is the experience she has had throughout the course of her life. “I’ve always stood up for the underdog and the underrepresented because I can’t escape from that myself,” she said. “I can’t wake up one day and not be black. I can’t wake up one day and not be a woman. I can’t wake up one day and not be fat. I always had those three things against me in this world, and because I fight for myself, I have to fight for everyone else.”
It’s no surprise that the Detroit-born rapper has garnered a massive queer fanbase. Her songs, especially “Good as Hell,” celebrate what it means to be different from the norm and to embrace that difference wholeheartedly. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that she recently made a guest judge appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
Read Lizzo’s full interview with Teen Vogue here.