Diana King: Reggae queen and proud lesbian
“I am… woman… mother… aunt… Jamaican… American… international artiste… singer… songwriter… band leader… friend… lover… entrepreneur… goddess! among other things and yes!!!… I am a lesbian,” King wrote.
King’s post proudly proclaiming herself a lesbian resounded through the social media world, garnering 100 comments and 121 likes on Facebook.
Diana King: The girl from Jamaica
King was born and raised in Jamaica to an Indo-Jamaican mother and Afro-Jamaican father. This background explains the cultural diversity not only of her looks but of her music.
As a point of fact, the music she brought into the world has been described as a “mixture and fusion of reggae” and “a strong brew of genres seasoned with reggae.”
Her breakout song in 1995 was the hit single Shy Guy, which reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on the UK Singles Chart and #1 on the Eurochart Hot 100 Singles.
Her next hit was the cover of a Dionne Warwick song, I Say A Little Prayer For You.
With its reggae fusion, the song shot into prominence when it was included in the movie soundtrack for My Best Friend’s Wedding.
Diana King: Yes, I am a lesbian
In the wake of her bravery in declaring her true sexuality, King was given the Vanguard Award at the OutMusic Award in Las Vegas.
This is because King is a Jamaican artist who came out despite the intolerance of her country to the LGBT. Prior to this, there had been rumors that she was a lesbian.
“I have always been afraid to admit it openly because of the unknown of what it may cause negatively, to me, my career, my family and loved ones” she said.
“But I realized that it is not my job to make others comfortable,” she added.
Support of her coming out was well-received by fans, most of them posting positive comments on her revelation.
Love wins for Diana King
During a performance at a Dinah Shore weekend in 2013, she shared her experience of not being able to wed her girlfriend of seven years, Simone.
Because her then-girlfriend lived in Jamaica, the two couldn’t wed because of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).
That same year, DOMA was overturned and King and Simone became one of 24,700 bi-national, same-sex couple to marry in the US.
“We have been engaged for most of the seven years and I vowed I’d never get married until we are equal. I was married before to my son’s dad so I know first hand what we were being deprived of… NOW I can honor my word,” King said at the time.