For many gay men in the late 90s, Deborah Cox’s RnB anthems inspired self-confidence and acceptance. Matthew Wade had a chat with the starlet in what is her first Australian interview ahead of her upcoming headline performance at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party.
THROUGH tears, a man recently told Deborah Cox that her music gave him the confidence to come out when he was younger.
“He said my music was the soundtrack to his life, and that he remembered the song he was listening to when he met his partner, and when he first made the decision to come out,” she recalled.
“It really resonated with me, that this was a lot deeper than I may have even realised.
“A number of people have said they’ve come out to my music and it feels very empowering… it’s important for people to feel accepted.”
A string of RnB hits dating back to the mid-90s sit comfortably within Cox’s canon, with each championing themes of self-acceptance, love, and female empowerment.
Speaking to the Star Observer via telephone, Miami-based Cox said many of her gay fans cite the anthemic Absolutely Not as staples in their playlists because it instils a sense of pride and courage within them.
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