Amber Rose: America’s queer-inclusive, sex positive talk show host

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Amber Rose has been a part of the LGBT community long before she was known to the general public as Kanye West‘s girlfriend. An out bisexual woman, Amber is often mentioned alongside the men she’s dated and has been fodder for song lyrics like “I would do anything for a blonde dyke.” But reducing her to her being a golddigger or stripper are not giving her nearly enough credit, although she’ll proudly accept both labels. Now as the host of her own VH1 talk show, The Amber Rose Show, Amber is proving to be a smart and savvy businesswoman and pop culture icon.

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Sex, love and relationships are the topics at hand on The Amber Rose Show, which is produced by out writer/comic Jill Kushner. And while things can sometimes skew heteronormative, Amber often includes LGBTs in her woman on the street segments and has her gay assistant, Isaiah, on the couch for every episode. On this week’s episode, airing Friday night on VH1, she asks guest rapper Ty Dolla $ign to remove his sunglasses because women and men alike love his eyes. When he looks taken aback, Amber doesn’t flinch. In her world, people are people and sex is for everyone.

While tomorrow night’s episode is the last of her first season, Amber also shot an upcoming special episode dedicated to her second annual Amber Rose Slutwalk, happening October 1st in Los Angeles. Guests include two bisexual women: singer/actress Keke Palmer and model Jessica White.

Out singer Frenchie Davis and Perez Hilton will host some of the festivities and the event is all about empowerment and doing away with judgment, sexual violence, victim-blaming, derogatory labels, and gender inequality. The mission:

To deliver a flawlessly executed event geared toward raising awareness about sexual injustice and gender inequality. The Amber Rose Awareness Festival aims to impact and uplift while shifting the paradigm of rape culture. The event provides a safe, all-inclusive space to entertain, educate, and empower.

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Last year’s Slutwalk, led by Amber, was a huge success with queer women participating and expected to do so again this year. The festival offers free breast exams, HIV testing and other activies that encourage sexual health, sex positivity and inclusivity. The website notes there is a “zero tolerance policy on all hateful language, racism, sexism, ableism, fat-shaming, transphobia, or any other kind of bigotry. Further, we recognize that shaming, oppression, assault and violence have disproportionately impacted marginalized groups including women of color, transgender people and sex workers, and thus we are actively working to center these groups in this event. We deeply value the voices of marginalized groups and have a strong desire to find common ground among all of our intersections.”

Amber Rose SlutWalk LAPhoto by Amanda Edwards/WireImage

Amber Rose has had her fair share of hate, mostly due to the fact that her initial fame came from relationships with famous men (sexism at its finest), but it’s what she’s doing with her spotlight that is giving her a real name for herself. Late night shows are still given to straight, mostly white men, so for an openly bisexual, mixed race woman who champions women and the ownership of themselves and their bodies, is kind of a revolutionary act. We await the clear Season 2 pickup announcement, and a Mirror Ball trophy because Ms. Rose just joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars.
 
For more information on Amber Rose’s Slutwalk, visit the website. The Amber Rose Show airs Friday nights at 11/10c on VH1.
 

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