Her role as 1920s bisexual blues legend Bessie Smith in the HBO movie Bessie has Queen Latifah speaking out in support of LGBT rights.

HBO premiered the film over the weekend.

“People's ideas in general are antiquated when it comes to who you love,” Latifah told Uptown magazine.

“We haven't moved as quickly as we probably should. And the reality is that there's always been gay people in the black community, so it's not foreign to us. And not just as a black community, but just as society as a whole.”

While the 45-year-old Latifah has refused to discuss her own sexuality, she's a vocal supporter of marriage equality.

“Who you choose to marry is really up to you and it's not something you should be judged on,” she added. “I don't find being gay or lesbian to be a character flaw. Couples should be protected under the laws of this country period. It actually angers me. It's not unusual so let's be adults and let's move forward.”