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GLAAD praises JAY-Z's mom for coming out on '4:44'

Perfectly timed with the end of Pride Month.

Of the many--and we mean, many--revealing lyrics on JAY-Z's 4:44, one of the most notable was the addressing of his mother Gloria Carter's homosexuality.

On "Smiles," the rapper spits:

“Mama had four kids, but she’s a lesbian / Had to pretend so long that she’s a thespian / Had to hide in the closet, so she medicate / Society shame and the pain was too much to take / Cried tears of joy when you fell in love / Don’t matter to me if it’s a him or her”

Gloria herself weighs in on the song's outro with a poem of her own:

“In the shadows people see you as happy and free / Because that’s what you want them to see / The world is changing and they say it’s time to be free / But you live with the fear of just being me… Living in the shadow feels like the safe place to be / No harm for them, no harm for me / But life is short, and it’s time to be free / Love who you love, because life isn’t guaranteed.”

In addition to her son and his fans, Carter has now received love from GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), who shared the news on Twitter with a trio of heart emojis:

President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis also shared a statement:

“Lesbian women are all too often erased or excluded from narratives surrounding LGBTQ people. By sharing her truth with the world, Gloria Carter is increasing visibility of lesbian women of color at a critical time and sending a powerful message of empowerment to the entire LGBTQ community that is perfectly timed with the end of Pride Month.”

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