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Chicago rapper Vic Mensa wasn't always an LGBT ally, now he sings at Pride events

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa
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Fader - YouTube

Chicago rapper Vic Mensa was not always an LGBT ally, but that has since changed after the Orlando tragedy.

In an interview with The Fader released Tuesday, Mensa said that being a part of the community in South Side Chicago as a child also meant that you had to have a certain opinion about gays and lesbians.

"I didn't grow up with any gay people. It's really taboo in the black community, especially from the South Side of Chicago. It's not like the homies was openly gay," He told The Fader. "If you would have told me when I was like 15 years old that I would be doing an event like performing at a gay club, I'd have been like, 'What the f**k are you talking about?'"

The 23-year-old singer premiered his new single, “Free Love” at the Chicago Pride Parade.

He says he was inspired not only by the recent Orlando shootings, but by a gay family member.

"I came to realize through it being so close to home that anybody that's fighting for the right to love or to be themself, that fight is mine too," Mensa said.  

You can listen to the NSFW (lyrics) song below: