Human rights activist Peter Tatchell has spoken out on his Facebook page about Whitney Houston’s passing and her alleged same-sex love affair:
“Whitney Houston RIP. She was happiest and at her peak in the 1980s, when she was with her female partner [Robyn Crawford]. They were so loved up and joyful together,” Tatchell wrote. “It’s important to tell the truth about this aspect of her life. Colluding with the cover-up of her same-sex relationship is not right. I met Whitney and her partner at the Reach Out & Touch HIV rally in London in 1991, organised by Vernal Scott. Whitney spoke very movingly in support of people with HIV, at a time when many other stars kept their distance. She was pressured into the Bobby Brown marriage. It was a disaster. Her life started going downhill soon afterwards. Perhaps her inability to accept and express her same-sex love contributed to her substance abuse and decline? Whitney’s death is a tragic loss of a great vocal talent."
Celebrity deaths in the 21st century are so powerful. Imagine how many people looked up Whitney’s songs or videos on YouTube as soon as they found out she had passed. Millions! Millions of people, around the same time, were listening to the same artist, celebrating the same life. It’s incredible. She may be gone from this world, but Whitney lives on every time we hear that voice hit a note that’s usually reserved for angels.