Seen Tonex lately? You’ll have more luck finding him as B Slade, waving a rainbow striped flag at a Gay Pride parade than testifying in church circles.
Tonex was to Gospel music, what Lady Gaga is to pop — an ingeniously talented, flamboyant provocateur. In 2009 he confirmed suspicions about his sexually ambiguous image, coming out on a nationally aired TV show. In so doing perhaps he became the first well-known openly gay gospel artist and like Gaga believes homosexuals are “born this way.”