Gospel music superstar Tonex admitted in an interview on “The Lexi Show,” produced by The Word Network, to having homosexual tendancies, but came kind of short of actually outting himself.
In that interview, Tonex discussed how being molested as a child affected him, but refused to blame his homosexuality (sort of homosexuality) on the incident:
“It wasn’t a struggle (accepting his gay identity, sort of). And then people like to blame the struggle on molestation. No. Just say you were attracted to men and be honest.”
That’s funny because in 2007 when the rumor mill was in over drive about Tonex’s ambiguous sexuality and the question of it, Tonex fervently denied he was gay. Where was the honesty then?
Tonex continued to say that “the church has completely f******tized everybody who’s gay, sends them to hell over the pulpit and the church literally screams hooray and are happy about that. And yet, we celebrate the pastor who has a clean record and a clean look, but yet he is still doing the same thing that the same gender loving people are doing. I believe that there’s holy ghost- filled fire baptized gay people.”
Well, there you have it. Now, it is a few grains of truth to what Tonex said in that quote. The church is full of hypocrites using the Word of God as a hustle. Most die-hard church goers suspect that the choir director, the organist, or soloist could be gay, but if these do not acknowledge it, then it’s not real. But in the African American church, homosexuality takes a slight detour in that department. Homosexuality is whispered about and quietly accepted, but is publicly demonized from the pulpit. This is also notable in the world of African American Gospel music.
Gospel music is full of gay and lesbian artists. Superstar status artists. But even though their homosexuality is quietly accepted behind closed doors, the Gospel music industry itself is not that kind. Especially hypocritical African Americans. So, what does this mean for Tonex?
It could mean that Tonex has kissed his phenomenal music career bye-bye. In the superficial, hypocritical world of Gospel music, you can be just about anything but gay.