When DJ Mister Cee’s sexuality was outed by a transexual woman named B#### Winehouse in 2013, he was embarrassed and still in the closet.
He had been in the same situation with another transwoman in 2011, but that was also swept under the rug. But these secrets, and the arrests that came from these secrets, caused him to resign from his 20-year job at the biggest Hip-Hop radio station in the world, Hot 97.
He communicated that as a man of Caribbean descent rooted in Hip-Hop culture, he was afraid of how this would impact his relationship with the people around him that he loved.
“The decision that I made to open up about my sexuality has been the most difficult thing that I’ve had to make in my life,” the former Hot 97 DJ confessed. “This was the time for me to do it personally and professionally…
“Or me I felt worried about how my family would be affected, how my coworkers and my friends and even my fans would be affected by this decision. In this Hip-Hop community of ours, it is not cool to be gay. It’s not cool to be bisexual.”
“I felt that if I was to actually be honest by myself, nobody would actually want to deal with me anymore. But the more that I kept lying and the more I kept trying to deceive you and myself, the more that I was being more closed in and not being who I really am.”
During the P.S.A., produced by Hot 97, he sounded completely hurt but slowly but surely developing the courage to speak his truth … a truth that people have been taunting him with for years.
For example, prior to the 2013 incident, Wendy Williams received a note from a person who saw Mister Cee going to meet a transexual friend.
However, in 2021, he no longer is being shamed for his sexual preference. In talking to rapper Maino on his blog, Mister Cee was asked if he was gay.
“You know what I do. My story is well documented,” Cee said in a far more upbeat fashion than eight years ago. The Brooklyn rapper tried to get clarity and asked, “You like trannies, though?
“That’s what I do you… you know what I do,” Cee reiterated.
Then he was asked that since he likes “trannies,” a derogatory word short for transvestite or transexual —terms used to define a person born male but either dresses as a woman or is in transitioning to become a woman, does he consider himself gay.
“I’ve answered that question way back when I got arrested in 2011 and 2013. I consider myself trisexual. I’ll try anything,” he jokes.
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Mister Cee, the man who is intimately connected to getting the Notorious B.I.G. signed, has a voice that is crucial to the safety of LGBTQ people of Caribbean descent.
According to Human Rights Watch, people who are not CIS or heteronormative experience abuse of a high level, and sexual bias allows officials to turn a blind eye.
“LGBT Jamaicans are vulnerable to both physical and sexual violence and many live in constant fear,” the organization noted. “They are taunted, threatened, fired from their jobs, thrown out of their homes, or worse: beaten, stoned, raped, or killed.”
Graeme Reid, LGBT rights director at Human Rights Watch, went even deeper, “In the past decade the Jamaican police have taken some steps to address the scourge of homophobic violence, but clearly these steps are not enough.”
“The authorities from the prime minister on down need to call a halt to the violence and discrimination, prosecute anyone responsible, and get homophobic laws off the books.”
Like Malik Yoba, who confessed his attraction to trans-women a few years ago, Mr. Cee’s ability to clearly articulate his sexuality is freeing. Just comparatively look at this interview and his last … he clearly has shaken that demon that so many LGBTQ walk with … SHAME.